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“Visiting the Reindeer”
Review of Sami Siida

Sami Siida
Ranked #1 of 1 Food & Drink in Alta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Reindeer ride, Northern lights mystery, outdoor activities, storytelling and traditional food experience in the surroundings of Sami reindeer camp.
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Excellent visit hosted by the Sami family. Very informative guided visit followed by time with the reindeer and coffee in the Lavvu round an open fire. We were privileged to hear several yoiks and were invited to join in.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

In order to see reindeer, we had to visit the Sami. The establishment we visited is called Boazi Sami Siida and here, Håkon Kristian Haldorsen, his wife and his sister show us the traditional costumes, and demonstrate the Sami reindeer herders' way of life.

I think what struck me most was the brightness of their clothing, all obtained from natural dyes. I suppose that's largely for practical reasons, so they can easily be seen against a usually drab background.

Not all Sami are reindeer herders, though ... some of them are fur trappers or fishermen, while a few herd sheep. But, we only saw the reindeer side of things. And, of course, we saw reindeer!

The reindeer ride wasn't quite what I expected. Certainly not the snugly-wrapped jaunt of Christmas cards, with mince pies and a slug of glühwein at the end. Or Santa's laden sleigh. Just a wooden framework, holding one ... or, at the most two people.

But, it was still an experience not to be missed. As the handler launched me on my way, he said:

'You can go on your own!'

Eh? Did I look like I could, or something? My sole experience of this sort of thing was fifteen minutes at the controls of a one-horse buggy, and that was with an experienced coachman beside me.

But, I managed, for one of several reasons:

The reindeer understood English (doubtful)
The commands 'Walk on' and 'Whoa' are the same in Norwegian, or the language of the Sami (unlikely)
It doesn't matter what you say, it's the intonation that counts (maybe)
The reindeer are so accustomed to this circuit that they stop and go when required, whatever you do (most likely)

Afterwards, we were treated to the performance of the 'joik', the traditional unaccompanied folk music of the Sami. I was reminded a little of Hebridean mouth-music, and a Canadian friend told me that the Inuit also have a version.

The Sami said that, one year, a 'joik' had been entered into the Eurovision Song Contest. But, he didn't say how it did ... I sincerely trust it wasn't a case of 'La Norvège ... nul point' !!

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