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The reindeer and the Sami have been living and working on this land for centuries and they have only recently invited guests to be part of their daily life. You will visit their camp and have a chance to feed the herd of around 300 wild reindeer who will swarm all around and some will even eat from your hands. You will then be invited for Hot drinks around the fire inside a warm candle lit gamme (Traditional Sami Hut) where you will then be served a relaxed three course meal including bidos cooked over the open fire (a traditional Sami stew which is often served at Sami weddings and other special occasions).
After dinner you will be invited into a lavuu (Sami tent) and gather round the fire to listen to stories about Sami culture and how it is to be a reindeer herder. The Sami guide will also perform a joik (traditional Sami song) for the guests. If you are lucky and the sky is clear you will have a chance to see the northern lights above the reindeer camp.
Visit a reindeer camp outside Tromso to meet herders and their animals
Enjoy a 3-course home-cooked meal inside a lavvu
Get outside the city for a better chance of seeing the northern lights
Round-trip transportation from Tromso included
What to Expect
Your tour begins with an evening pickup from the center of Tromso and a short journey to the reindeer camp.
Upon arrival, meet your Sámi guide and the reindeer. Under supervision, you can feed the reindeer. Afterward, head into the lavvu (tent) for a delicious 3-course dinner. Over your meal, your guide introduces you to the culture and history of the Sámi, indigenous people of Northern Europe, and demonstrates the joik (traditional form of song).
One your appetite has been sated, head outside to look for the northern lights—far from the light pollution of the city; you are in a prime viewing spot. After experiencing this magical light show, bid your hosts farewell and jump back into the vehicle for the return trip to Tromso. Your tour concludes with a late evening drop-off back at the departure point.
Sjøgata 7, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
Traveler pickup is offered Please meet at the reception area of the Radisson blu hotel. You will see our guides there waiting for you in blue jackets with our tromso arctic reindeer logo on.
Returns to original departure point
Pickup and drop-off at designated meeting points
Transport to camp
Coffee and snacks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
What to bring or wear: Warm clothes (at least two layers), gloves, hat, and good winter boots
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We were on a cruise, but had booked this tour independently. Well worth it. We were picked up at a hotel close to the pier and transported to the site. We got there at dusk and were introduced to the Sami owner. We were then...More
Date of experience: March 2019
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Katri M, Outreach Coordinator at Tromso Arctic Reindeer, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2019
Thank you so much for the great review and the feedback, we really appreciate it! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. We do also offer daytime tours which are ideal if you'd like to take photos - hopefully we get to welcome...More
Highlight of the night was feeding the reindeer dispite the bad weather. Tasty food provided for both me and my vegan son. Would have liked to have spent more time learning about the Sami. Replacement of single use plastic and paper bowls with some thing...More
Date of experience: February 2019
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Katri M, Outreach Coordinator at Tromso Arctic Reindeer, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019
Thank you so much for visiting us and for the constructive feedback! I'm happy to hear that despite the challenging weather you had a great time on the tour, enjoyed meeting the reindeer and learning about Sami culture. Warmly welcome back!
I had an amazing time learning about the Reindeer & the Sami people. The food was delicious & comforting. The team of guide & cooks were informative & passionate. I had a fantastic night. I choose to take the sled ride and I loved it,...More
Would recommend this to everyone, we were lucky enough to see a fantastic Northern Lights display while we were there but the whole experience was a lovely introduction to the Sami culture and lifestyle. Both our driver and host were genuine and welcoming people. We...More
This is an absolute must if you visit Tromso, just like you might learn about Aborigines in Australia or Native Indians in America, I would encourage anyone to learn about the Sami people in this part of the world and on this excursion you will...More