Lødingen

Sámi Handicrafts, Food, and Culture

Excursion

Price from £165

Difficulty level

Level 1: Suitable for everyone.

Booking code

HRI-LOD4A,HRI-LOD10A

Duration

1 hour 30 minutes

Notes

Read practical information below

A Sami woman holding a white reindeer in Norway
  • Enjoy an immersive Sámi experience and find out how they use plants for food and medicine

  • Learn about Sámi history, culture, and way of life

  • See reindeers, Sámi duodji in progress, and get exclusive souvenirs

  • Taste delicious Sámi food

Step into the shoes of a Sámi native and learn how they honour the earth, animals, nature, and food with their customs. Appreciate the Sámi craftsmanship on display in the venue. Delve into their history, savour their food, and listen to their music. Learn how sustainability plays a role in Sámi culture, and how you too can have a lifestyle that respects the earth.

The Sámi are well-known for their sustainable hunting practices. With reindeer grazing freely across the entire island, the Sámi hunt on foot, using as little motorised means of access as possible. To ensure meat quality, the herds are well-fed, not with pellets, but with reindeer lichen and grass.

You’ll get to sample some of the locally-produced products. Depending on what’s in season, these may include smoked and cured meat, traditional bark bread, mullet, and berries.

In keeping with Sámi tradition, reindeer are used not just for their meat, but also their hides and skins, which are used to create a variety of products by hand. This traditional handicraft is called duodji. Depending on the season, you may be able to see some crafts being made.

Practical information

  • Disembarking/embarking port: Lødingen

  • Available: 1 October - 30 April

  • Clothes: Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for that day’s weather.