GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK TOUR TO US

CLOTHING

Our guests will be provided with warm snowmobile clothes, shoes, helmets, mittens and headwear for use throughout the stay with us. 

We encourage our guests to bring own long woollen underwear, fleeces, wool sweaters, warm pants and socks.

The guests may also wear traditional Sámi clothes during the stay with us. Traditional boots and overall made of reindeer skin is popular clothings at cold days in the Arctic. 

FOOD

Traditional Sámi food is an important part of our culture. We want to show our food traditions in the best way for our guests. 

We serve smoked and boiled reindeer meat for dinner. 

For breakfast and lunch we serve smoked freshwater fish, boiled reindeer tongue, dried reindeer meat, salted fish, berries, Sámi bread and other local products.

For all of our adventures, we offer lunch for guests after arriving Alta airport. 

Read more about Traditional Sámi dishes

THE CAMP IN ŠUORBMU

Guests will be staying in a cabin during the visit to our camp. The cabin has 8 beds, and the standard is quite primitive. This is a part of the stay, so that our guests can feel the life at the mountains. We want our guests to fully interact with nature and the elements. During the stay, the cabins are heated with a cosy wood oven. 

The water that we use during the stay, has to be brought from a source outside. It will be warmed up for different requirements. For our guests there is a toilet located nearby the cabin.

VISIT TO REINDEER HERD

The reindeer herd pastures are not far from the camp in Šuorbmu. Our guests will travel to the herd once during the trip. The reindeer are semi-domesticated animals, and there is a possibility our guests can be close-up the herd. It is also possible to feed the animals while taking pictures and so on. You may also try to catch a reindeer with a lasso. As a special order, guests can participate in slaughtering and quartering a reindeer.

REINDEER SLEDDING

In the past, reindeer herders ran with the reindeer. It was the only transport-equipment the Sámis had at  that time. When modern times came, the reindeer sledding was replaced by modern machines, and the usage of reindeer as draft animals ended. Today motorized equipment is used to herd reindeer. Traditional reindeer sledding is used only for tourism and sport.

As our guest, we want you to interact with the reindeer in a traditional way. You will learn to direct the reindeer pulling you, while seated on a tranditional wooden sled. We demonstrate this activity for our guests.

LIVE IN A GOAHTI

Goahti is a traditional Sámi tent, similar to the Native American teepee. 

Our guests are offered the opportunity to live and sleep in a traditional goahti during the visit to us.

Traditional goahti is made of rods and canvas. In the middle there is a wood stove. Here we boil meat and coffee. As underlay we put birch-branches and reindeer skins. You will be pleasantly surprised how comfortable this will be for you to sit and sleep. 

REINDEER SPRING MIGRATION

This adventure lasts for 6 days in April, and our guests will have the opportunity to experience the nomadic reindeer spring migration with a Sámi family. During the adventure, we want our guests to live like us and take part in the work tasks along the way. At the same time, we will show our guests an insight into the old way of migrating the reindeer.
During the reindeer migration, we live in traditional tents, and the move takes place every day.
What makes this experience unique is that it is the reindeer that determines the pace. The weather is also unpredictable, so you have to take every day as it comes.
This experience is not for everyone. It requires a little extra of those who want to experience this trip. 
We have had guests from Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, England, Holland and Canada on this experience.

SNOWMOBILE

Guests are driven to the mountains by snowmobiles with sleds designed for passenger transport.

The snowmobile ride in the winter adventure is estimated for one hour from the road to the camp.

Before the trip by snowmobile starts, we will review safety procedures in snowmobiling. Helmets are required when driving with snowmobiles. Also for passengers in sleds.

TRADITIONAL SÁMI YOIK

Juoigát, to yoik, is the Sámi traditional folk music. It also had a substantial position in Sámi religion before christianity. Yoiking is very onomatopoetic, and its sound is comparable to other indigenous peoples traditional singing, including some Native American cultures in North America. 

Yoiking is found throughout the Sámi settlement area, but have different designations in the various dialects. In Northern Sámi it is called Juoigát.

Under your stay with us, you will learn more about yoik. 

OTHER INFORMATION

In inner Finnmark temperatures range from -1 to -40 degrees Celsius in the winter.The average temperatures for the three coldest winther months 2016: January -18, february -9,2 and march -3,5 degrees celsius. We want to give our guests value for the money, thats why we had to put a -30 celsius limit for the stay. The limit is set for our guests safety and experience.

We recommend our guests to switch off telephones for some days during the stay with us. This is a part of the experience.

Visitors are asked to report allergies to us. 

In the cabin in Šuorbmu there is a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.

Our guides have basic courses in first aid. If needed, assistance from rescue helicopter, then it is emergency call 113. 

Guests who visit us are asked to take responsibility towards themselves. It is important to tell if you freeze, and help each other to detect any frostbite.

We insure all our guests through an insurance company, but recommend our guests to have personal travel insurance in addition to ours.

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