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Sami Culture- Hurtigruten land excursion

Sami in Northern Norway by Terje Rakke, Nordic Life, Visit Norway

Visit a Sami family, learn about Sami culture and see the beautiful nature of Norwegian Lapland.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.


Sami people in Norway by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Sami family

The excursion starts with a drive through the fishing village of Kjollefjord. Afterwards you continue into the mountains to the Nordkyn peninsula. Here you will meet one of the families whose reindeer are at summer pasture. They invite you to a close and evocative encounter around the fire in their Sami tent (lavvu), while reindeer graze outside.

The family are reindeer herders, artisans and heralds of Sami traditions. They will give you an insight into the challenges that reindeer herders and Sami culture are facing today. Through stories, chanting (joik), handicrafts and the serving of reindeer broth you will get a taste of  Sami culture.
The trip continues up to the Finnmark plateau, 300 m above sea level, where you might also see reindeer in their natural habitat.

Reindeer in Arctic Norway by Simen G Fangel, Hurtigruten

Reindeer

Practical information:

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
Included: Coffee/bouillon
Transportation: Bus
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing
Available: May 6- September 5
Land excursion #6C

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