Reindeer calf ear
The Sami reindeer herders have always followed the natural rhythm when herding reindeer. The reindeer year starts in May when reindeer calves are born. From midsummer, the reindeer are gathered into corrals, where the new calves are marked by cutting a pattern into their ear with a knife. All the Sami reindeer herders have their own unique earmark for their reindeer. The Sami family welcomes you to join them in this unique period and to experience this old tradition.
A typical day with the Sami
The reindeer calf marking period is a time when all the Sami family members go to the mountains to participate in marking, including children. Before the calf marking period starts all the reindeer must be gathered together in a corral. After the new calves are marked with earmarks the reindeer are released to roam freely until Autumn. This period can be very busy!
Travelers can observe and participate in the calf marking activities. During the calf marking period, the Sami family and travelers live in a tent, and the food is prepaid together. Earmarking the reindeer calves usually starts at night when it is cooler because of the reindeer tire easily in the summer heat. So it is possible that most of the reindeer calves marking activities happen at night time. Besides cultural experience, this is an outdoor experience in the beautiful Arctic nature under the Midnight sun.