The indigenous people of Scandinavia, the Sami, have their own unique language, distinctive customs, and traditional practices, from reindeer herding to handicrafts. Here are just a few ways to experience indigenous culture in Tromso, Norway.
Go husky or reindeer sledding across the snow-smothered plains of the Arctic Circle.
Listen to a joik (a traditional Sami song) and hear first-hand accounts of Sami culture from local guides.
Stay overnight in a lavvo, a traditional teepee-style tent used by the Sami people, at a camp in the wintery wilderness of Northern Norway.
Taste traditional Sami dishes, such as bidos, a hearty reindeer meat stew.
Feed reindeers, try your hand at lassoing, and learn about the nomadic people’s herding heritage.
Search for the Northern Lights and find out how the natural phenomenon features in the beliefs and mythologies of the Sami people during nighttime tours.
Look out for local wildlife, such as white-tailed eagles, seals, and harbor porpoises, during a boat tour of the fertile waters off the coast of Kvaloya.
Go hiking with huskies and a local Sami guide, then return to their rural camp to meet playful husky puppies and their parents, and enjoy a campfire-cooked lunch.