Planning an educational adventure that immerses you in Nature and gives you mad skills? Here’s the one.
After each day exploring areas above and below the arctic circle, learning from Sami guides, and practicing skills, we gather at camp to review what we learned and share in skills important in the north woods. With over fifty years of combined experience, the instructors encourage each participant not only to define their own edge, but to share in a skill they themselves are passionate about.
The small group size and incredible natural surroundings makes learning useful skills both pleasant and empowering. Here, last years participants in the Sapmi course in Sweden learn fire making, from the ground up, to include wet weather tinder sources above the arctic circle. We have limited seats for our next journey to Sapmi, land of the Sami. Join us in this rare opportunity.
Sami country – known as Sápmi – stretches across the northern part of Scandinavia and Russia’s Kola Peninsula. The Sami have been recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous people, giving them the right to preserve and develop their crafts, language, education, reindeer husbandry, traditions and identity.
We will learn from Sami guides the unique lifestyle of these proud and resilient people, from ancestral connection to the lands to modern challenges and accomplishments of the Sami people in modern times. Our journey will take us above the Arctic Circle and into the forests of northern Sweden. There we will sleep in Sami style Lavvus (couldn’t spell qurtas).
Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping and herding sheep. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sami are connected to reindeer herding, providing them with meat, fur, and transportation. 2,800 Sami people are actively involved in herding on a full-time basis. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in some regions of the Nordic countries.
The Sami people are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe. Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 390,000 km2 (150,000 sq. mi.), which is approximately the size of Norway.
Cost: $1225.00 to include camp meals, transport and accommodations (flight not included).
30% Non-refundable deposit due by March 31, 2018
Arrival and Departure in Lulea, Sweden (to be determined)
For more information contact Mike at [email protected]