Learn about the mystical cultural practices and natural medicines of the indigenous Sámi people living in Europe's northernmost region.
You often hear the Sámi say “nature is our culture.” And no one has made greater use of nature's own 'pharmacy and pantry' than the Sámi reindeer herders. On this excursion, reindeer herders share their knowledge and a taste of Sámi culinary traditions and medicinal herbs sourced from Arctic nature. Most people are not aware that the Arctic wilderness abounds in herbs and medicines. A growing number of people today are utilizing ancient knowledge about Arctic flora as a means to alleviate pain and other discomforts. You also learn about Sámi culture and handicrafts, and hear joiks (traditional songs) and tales about the Sámi shaman (Noaidi).
As the excursion crosses Europe's northernmost region by bus, a guide tells us about the Nordkyn Peninsula, its nature, seasons, weather, climate, and everyday life in the two fishing villages of Kjøllefjord and Mehamn. The Sámi are known for herding reindeer, distinctive handicrafts (duodji), and their affinity for and understanding nature and its potential. And traditional foods such as reindeer meat, fish, and berries are still an important part of the Sámi diet.