Reindeer in Arctic Norway
Landscape in Northern Norway
Preparing food over an open fire
On this excursion you go by bus from Mehamn through the magnificent scenery of mainland Europe’s northernmost peninsula, Nordkyn, keeping your eyes peeled for reindeer. On this trip your guide will explain the geography of Nordkyn and give you a better understanding of exactly how far north you are.
The first stop of the tracking mission is made on the barren landscape in the middle of the peninsula, approx. 300 m above sea level. From here you can see for miles in all directions and often one can see reindeer grazing nearby, sometimes very close to the road.
High quality binoculars will be supplied to enable you to observe the reindeer without disturbing them. While searching for the deer, your guide will tell you about the Sami people and their relationship with the reindeer, the area’s fishing heritage and human adaption to life at 71 degrees north including the weather and light & darkness through the changing seasons.
You arrive at Camp Summer Night just in time to enjoy the lovely view of Kjollefjord and the Hurtigruten ship making a beeline for the harbour. Here, you can enjoy a snack (including reindeer meat with homemade bread and lingonberry jam) while your guide explains the history and tells myths about the local area. During this trip, you will be required to participate in food preparation by frying meat over an open fire. When the clock strikes three in the morning it’s time to leave the camp and head back to the waiting ship for a well-earned sleep!