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.
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: $825.00 to include all meals, transport and accommodations (flight not included).