This is a truly unique adventure available to a priviledged few by the indigenous Sámi families from Finnmark. This trip got honored as one of the World’s Best Guided Expeditions / “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic in 2014
The journey starts in the heartland of Sámi culture and ends further North by the Arctic coast, where the reindeers have their summer grazing area and where they give birth to a new generation. Taking part in the migration means you will be traveling with the Sámis, like the Sámis. You will be eating and sleeping like a Sámi herder and you will be living close to the reindeer and experiencing the Samí people´s nomadic way of life. You will be learning how the Sámis herd their reindeer and you will be put to work when necessary leading the herd across the ancient and desolate Finnmark Plateau by snow mobile. You will be sleeping in a lavvu (Sámi tent) and served traditional Sámi food.
There is almost 24 hours of sunlight from mid-April in Finnmark and the snow has started to melt, so there are great opportunities for ice fishing on the numerous lakes we pass by.
This trip is recommended for adventurous people that would like to do something truly unique, learn new skills and live life to the fullest. Age and gender set no limits, however you must be in a good physical shape. You will be at the mercy of the Arctic Climate and wilderness for most of the time.
First available date: TB
For other dates and bespoke tours contact us direct.
A transfer car will pick you up from Alta airport and take you to Engholm Husky Lodge for a welcome dinner and a briefing about the coming days. Overnight stay at Engholm Husky Lodge.
It is extremely important that equipment and warm clothing is in order. Please carefully check equipment list at the bottom of the itinerary, and notify us no less than 1 week prior to departure of any extra equipment needed. Only the equipment listed as additional options on the booking form are for hire or loan by us, the rest is up to you to acquire. Please contact us at least a week before departure with any questions regarding warm clothing and equipment.
Dinner and overnight stay at Engholm Husky Lodge.
We spent 4 days and 3 nights on the Finnmark plateau with the reindeer. We follow the herd on their long migration across the plateau, a fascinating barren and windswept landscape reaching as far as the eye can see. The Samís love sharing their knowledge, experience and wisdom with their guests and their fascination with nature, wilderness and the free life is striking. We guarantee some truly unique moments of natural beauty with the only people with indigenous status in Europe and and close encounters with their animals and free way of life.
After 4 days taking part in the migration we return to Engholm Husky Lodge in Karasjok. The lodge is luxurious and unique and a warm shower and dinner around the cosy table will be the perfect way to end your amazing journey.
The official program ends after breakfast, but there are plenty of things to do around the Lodge and in Karasjok. If you are interested in staying on, maybe even visiting the North Cape after your adventure, please get in contact if you want to book additional activities and accommodation.
If you choose to bring your own sleeping bag, this needs to be a warm winter sleeping bag with a minimum comfort temperature >/=-20˚ Celsius.
If you choose to bring your own sleeping mat, it must be suitable for camping on snow, meaning that inflatable mats should have down in them or be combined with a thin roll mat. A foam mat (roll mat) should be thick /insulated enough for use on snow (≈14mm).
We do also recommend that you bring a camera with extra memory cards and battery.
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