Tromsø Safari

Sami Reindeer Camp Dinner & Sledding

This is an evening experience to go reindeer sledding at night with the chance of seeing the Northern Lights, feed the reindeer and have a traditional Sami dinner with the Sami reindeer herders while they tell you about their culture and beliefs.

The reindeer and the Sami have been living and working on this land for centuries, and they have only recently invited guests to be part of their daily life. After a 30-minute scenic drive from the city centre, you arrive at the camp.

After some explanation about reindeer sledding, you go on a sled ride for 20-30 minutes. The reindeer live wild for most of the year and are at the camp for a few months over winter to protect them from predators and harsh conditions. Consequently, we take care not to work the reindeer too hard.

You can then feed the herd of around 200 reindeer, which will swarm all around and even eat from your hand. You will then be invited for hot drinks around the fire in a warm candlelit gamme

(traditional Sami hut) where you are served a traditional Sami three-course dinner. The dinner includes bidos (a traditional Sami reindeer stew that is often served at Sami weddings), which is cooked over the open fire.

After dinner, you will be invited into a lavvu (Sami herdsmen’s tent) and gather round the fire to listen to stories about Sami culture and what it’s like to be a reindeer herder. The Sami guide will also perform a joik (traditional Sami song) for the guests.

If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you might also see the Northern Lights.