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From Tromsø: Reindeer Ranch and Sami Culture Tour

Product ID: 180818
Hand feed reindeer at a ranch near Tromsø and learn more about the Sami people. Get invited into their traditional dwellings and enjoy a meal cooked over a fire. Gather around to listen to ancient stories and songs.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit a ranch to feed a herd of around 300 wild reindeer
  • Enter a traditional Sami hut to enjoy a home-cooked meal
  • Listen to folk songs and stories at a Sami tent
  • Learn what it is like to work as a reindeer herder in the Arctic wilderness
Full description
Depart Tromsø and travel to a nearby ranch where you will have the chance to feed a herd of around 300 wild reindeer. Marvel as the friendly animals swarm around you and eat straight from your hands.

Learn more about the Sami culture of the Arctic. They have been living and working on this land for centuries and have only recently invited guests to be part of their daily lives. Get invited inside a typical gamme (hut) and be served warm drinks and a traditional meal that has been cooked over the fire (vegetarian option available).

Then, gather around the fire at a traditional Sami lavuu (tent) to listen to stories about their culture. Hear what it is like to live as a reindeer herder, and watch a performance of a traditional joik (song) before making your way back to Tromsø.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guides
  • Warm overalls and boots (if required)
  • Storytelling and songs
  • Warm lunch
  • Coffee and snacks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the Radisson Blu Hotel Hotel in Tromsø.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Wear warm clothes in at least 2 layers, gloves, a hat, and good winter boots
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 180 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Finding pick up spot was easy, but the process of checking in was very disorganized and confusing. They should make it clear who to talk to for which tour, and the fact that multiple different tours go on the same bus. There was a bus from another company which had the sign that sounded more like this tour than the correct bus, so I almost got on that one with the lack of clear guidance at the site. Tour itself was good in the amount of time spent with reindeers and explanation and demonstration of Sami culture. Due to the larger size of the tour, waiting time between different events were quite long. It also felt too commercialized compared to more intimate tour I had in Finnish Lapland last year.

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February 17, 2020

This trip was really amazing. well organised, great guides. we fed and had a great time with the reindeers out in the beautiful nature. it was cold, but warm clothes, food and drink were all included. we had the freedom to go in and out as we pleased, and there was a bonfire to keep us warm. The people working there were harming and helpful. Thank you for the experience! We will never forget this day.

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January 31, 2020

It was very interesting to get the culture and the stories explained by a Sami. The reindeer were also great, when else can you get so close to these animals? And the reindeer stew was also great. We are glad, however, that we did not book the sled tour because it looked a bit lame and only took place on the premises.

January 29, 2020

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Tromsø Arctic Reindeer

Product ID: 180818