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.