Experience the Sámi way of life while sampling traditional natural foods and learning about the Sámi shamans. Starting with a short bus trip, you’ll hear interesting facts about the history, flora and fauna of the region, as well as the climate and nature that have shaped Sámi culture to this day. Then you'll visit the Sámi camp where your host will show you the traditional herbalism and natural cuisine of the Sámi. You'll taste delicious dried reindeer meat, fresh cloudberries, crowberry juice, herbal tea and roseroot mixtures, and hear the ancient joik (Sámi chant).
Feel the presence of the Noaidi - the Sámi shaman
For the Sámi people, the autumn has always been a labour-intensive time, with food stocks having to be filled up before the winter. The arctic nature is surprisingly abundant in herbs and berries. These are not just rich in vitamins and good for adding flavours to the diet, but were once also used as medicines. The Noaidi required their share of the harvest for medicinal purposes, as well as reindeer horns and sacred stones that had to be found before the onset of snow. The Sámi shaman had valuable knowledge about the possibilities nature provided in relation to the prevention and cure of diseases.
Dates: 6 Sept - 5 Nov 2016, 6 Sept - 5 Nov 2017