This extraordinary experience you will stay with a Sami Family and Sami Shaman for 9 days in the Northern part of Norway, known as Sapmi to the local people.
We will be visiting this tribe in the Summerlands where their Reindeer Graze and Staying in a Lavvo amongst the Reindeer Herd
No matter what time of year you are staying, this incredible rich and deep culture is such a rewarding experience. Both trips we stay with a Sami Shaman learning about the ancient culture and ways of living life in communion with the animals and the land. Living in close connection with the earth on the fine line of survival.
The relationship the Sami have with Reindeer is one of the most beautiful relationships between man and animal in the world. This family has existed with this herd for 100’s maybe thousands of years. This means their ancestors lived with these reindeers ancestors. Love or Appreciation between eachother does not encapsulate this relationship, it has been a symbiosis and you cannot separate the Sami from the herd. When we first travelled to the herd, I remember the reindeer coming towards us, and I was blown away as I’d never seen a deer or part of the Cervid family coming towards me. We will also be helping the family with some other tasks, visiting the sacred offering stone, sharing stories and culture around the fire, and learning traditional sami dishes and cooking.
The Sami are indigenous to Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. They follow the Reindeer herds across the Arctic Plains. We will be helping with Sami daily life, making beautiful treks in the mountains of Northern Norway, learning Sami Culture and Life and Food.
With these trips we seek a deeper meaning and a deeper connection with the people that are connected to this planet. This isn’t just an observational experience but a participatory one. Helping with a project that both teaches us ways of the Sami, but helps in reality. We bring gifts that help share ourselves and our cultures. We help cook and all of this shows them that we are not there just to be entertained but to be part of life.
This is the true heartbeat of the North and experiencing beautiful Sami Culture.
Departure/Return LocationLakselv, Norway
Dress CodeWinter Gear, Boots, Gloves, Hat
Not IncludedAll Fees and TaxesBinocularsGratuitiesPrivate TransportationSnack
What We’ll Eat
Trip Total: $3,699 per person
Experiences that have left me totally speechless… The sacredness and intention behind this trip felt so pure and real…It was hard to believe that it was the first ever organised trip of Sunnyside Expeditions!!! BEST One for me so far.. I usually travel solo and go with the flow with bare minimum planning but this time decided to try out this organised experience for once and was not disappointed at all! Spending time with Siré Marja (Sami Family) and her kids along with 4 people from different cultures including a Sami Shaman. Sharing songs and gifts with the family. Sami Traditional way of living around the force of nature for 5 whole days in a Lavvu tent, Cooking Sami food..helping the Reindeer herding family build a fence,Feeding the Reindeers…Celebrating the Full moon energy with the such beautiful and connected souls that I just met..It was just pure magic! Cherry on the top was spending 3 nights in Senja Island, Norway. We took a flight from Lakselv to Tromso.. Drove for about 2 hours and then boarded a Ferry and Drove a bit more and arrived at a place that felt like it was out of a postcard.. No kidding.. We stayed in a beautiful communal house on the water. It was that time of the year where the Sun never sets…Truly a hidden gem.. Dramatic Peaks dropping into the sea, Jumping into the bone-chilling waters, Fire Wood Saunas, Sharing meals together, Sea Kayaking…I can’t wait to experience Mongolia with Sunnyside Expeditions in September. Highly Highly Recommended to anyone who is looking for a not a basic travel experience but to experience a deeper connection with the people from the nation, land and culture! P.S Joik Nordic Music stole my heart. -Pallavi Kotha