Sami & reindeer autumn experience

After the long summer when reindeer graze freely, autumn begins with reindeer herding tasks. One of the essential herding tasks is to round up the reindeer into separation enclosures. 

 

You can join the Sami family for five days unique opportunity to observe and participate in Sami reindeer herders' work up in the mountains. During this period the Sami live in tents which are set up temporarily for this period. Live the life of the Sami herders just before they start to migrate with their reindeer.

About the experience

The Sami people of Northern Europe consider themselves to belong to one land known as Sapmi. These days reindeer herding as the main livelihood has fallen considerably, but there are still many Sami families who follow the annual herding cycle. They migrate from the inner parts of their territory to the Arctic Ocean in spring and migrate back from the sea to the inland areas for the winter period. These migration routes often covered several hundreds of kilometers. The Sami have lived in all four countries in the Arctic Circle: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.

 

Reindeer husbandry follows a yearly life cycle. After the long summer, when reindeer graze freely, autumn begins with reindeer herding tasks. The reindeer graze freely in summer, so before the autumn migration begins, they need to gather all the reindeer inside a corral. This period gathers herders together, and it is an exciting time for the reindeer owners. One of the essential herding tasks is to round up the reindeer into separation enclosures, and that is the Sami reindeer autumn migration preparations.

 

You can join this unique opportunity to observe and participate in Sami reindeer herders' work up in the mountains in the most beautiful island of  Soroya, which is located up in the Arctic Ocean. There are only three tiny villages with a total population of 1,000. During this period, the Sami live, sleep, and cook in traditional "lavvu" tents, which are set up in the mountains temporarily for this period. On this experience, you can live the real life of the Sami herders just before they start to migrate to inland with their reindeer.
 

We don't have a detailed everyday itinerary as everything happens in nature's speed as the reindeer are semi-domesticated animals.

An example of a typical day:

 

8 am Wake up & breakfast

10 am Observing & participating in reindeer herding tasks

2 pm lunch and rest

4 pm Observing & participating in reindeer herding tasks

7 pm Dinner with yoik singing and storytelling  at the lavvu tent ​ by the campfire

 

 

Travel details

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Time

The Sami family welcome travelers to participate in reindeer autumn migration preparation on the following dates: 
 

1-5 October 2021

1-5 October 2022

 

We take max. 4 guests. 

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Location

The nearest airport and harbor: Hasvik, Norway

Free pick up from Hasvik in Northern Norway. For an extra cost, the Sami family can pick you up from Alta airport or city.

The Sami family lives summer and autumn before they migrate to the winter pastures on the beautiful island of Soroya, which is Norway's fourth-largest island.


 

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Accommodation

You sleep in a traditional Sami lavvu tent with the Sami family. Sleeping bags and mattresses are provided by the Sami host. No shower, outdoor toilet. 

Food

The Sami Family cooks traditional Sami homemade food from local ingredients using Arctic berries, Arctic fish, reindeer meat, bred, and much more.

 

If you have a special diet please inform us before. The family can cater to all kinds of different diets. 

 

Price

Price: € 2900 / $ 3280 / per person (4 nights, 5 days).

The price includes:
 

  • Pick-up and return from/to Hasvik airport or harbor

  • Local transport (car, ATV)

  • Accommodation in a traditional Sami lavvu tent

  •  Food & beverages

  • A native Sami family as hosts and guides 24/7

    Price excludes:
     

  • Flights 

  • Travel insurance

  • Pick up from other locations (Alta, Ivalo)

Impact

Our unique trips are managed and guided by the indigenous Sami reindeer herder families. In addition to providing an extra income for the family, we support an indigenous Sami language heritage program. 

Booking inquiry

The office

 

Tiilipojanlenkki 4 A
01720  Vantaa

Finland


 

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