Sámi reindeer spring migration – Tour of a lifetime. 8 days

  • Reindeer migration Tour of a life time

 

Join the Sámi herders and experience the reindeers on their annual spring migration from their winter pastures on the inland to their summer calving and grazing areas on the coast. This adventure is a unique privilege made available for the very few by Sámi families from Finnmark.

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 sets no limits, however you must be in a good physical shape. Much of the time will be spent in the hands of the arctic environment.

This trip got honored as one of the World's Best Guided Expeditions / "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Travel in 2014. :)

The Rough Guide has also honored our trip as one of "Top 20 animal encounters" and it is mentioned in Rough Guides-book ”Clean Breaks – 500 new ways to see the world from 2009.

 

This trip got honored as one of the World's Best Guided Expeditions / "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Travel in 2014. :)
The Rough Guide has also honored our trip as one of "Top 20 animal encounters" and it is mentioned in Rough Guides-book ”Clean Breaks – 500 new ways to see the world from 2009.

The journey starts in the heart land of the 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. You will be taking part in the daily work and learn how the Sámis herd their reindeer herds. Taking part in the migration means you will be travelling with the Sámis, like the Sámis. You will be eating and sleeping like a Sámi herder. Your participation means that you will be living close to the reindeer and experience the old nomadic life of the Sámi people. 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 you will be served traditional Sámi food.

 In the middle of April it is light almost 24 hours a day, the snow has started melting and there are some good opportunities for ice fishing on the numerous lakes we pass by.

If you do not have time for the whole migration you can join us on a day trip, "Reindeer herder experience".

Link to an article about our Reindeer migration trip, Northern Norway tourist board.
Link to a Sami Tourism Brochure for Northern Norway.

Itinerary:
The program starts day 1 with dinner served at Engholms Husky design Lodge. Your will meet your guide from Turgleder and he/she will have a briefing about the tour.

Day 2 is spent provision of warm arctic clothes, boots and other equipment.  Check of the equipment and preparing the tour.

We spent 4 days and 3 nights on the Finnmark plateau with the reindeers. We will leave the lodge with snowmobile to link up with the reindeer herd and the herders. We follow the herd on their long migration across the plateau. A fascinating barren and wind swept landscape reaching as far as the eye can see. Here you will have interesting natural experiences together with the Sámis who love to share their knowledge, experience and wisdom of life with their guests. Their fascination for nature and the free life is striking. We will be taking part in the migration for 4 days before we return to Engholms Husky Lodge in Karasjok. Here you will find a warm shower and we end the journey gathered for a dinner in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Day 7 is at the lodge and is at your own disposition for interesting activities. There is always a lot happening on the farm. Guided trips can be booked or smaller tours can be ventured upon alone if desired: Snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, sled dog tour, tour with kick sleds or walking.  A tour to the Sámi museum and the Sámi parliament will give you an insight into Sámi history and the current situation for the Sámi people. Also we would like to recommend the centre for Sámi arts and crafts, Sápmi Culture Park and a visit to the local knife smith.

Day 8: The program end at breakfast. However, it is worth considering whether to stay some extra days for interesting activities as lodge guest before and after the program. 

(We take reservations about change in the order of the days)

Warm winter boots1 pair*
Wind proof jacket (and preferably also waterproof e.g. GoreTex, BreTex or similar membrane fabric)1
Windproof pants (Like the jacket)1*
Warm winter jacket (e.g. thick down jacket)1
Thick woollen sweater or fleece jacke1
Jumper/pullover/sweatshirt1
T-shirts, thin woollen shirts or other technical underwear2
Warm underwear (longjons and top with full length arms). Preferably wool or woollen terry2 sets (minimum)
Warm and wind proof hat that also protects your ears in the wind1*
Warm and wind proof mittens. Preferably wool or down mittens with wind proof over mittens.1 pair*
Thin gloves (to protect fingers from direct contact with cold metal)1 pair
Thick woollen socks2 pairs
Scarf and/or balaclava1
Headlamp1*
Back pack (40 liter +/- 20 liters)1
Bag for your personal equipment and clothes (water proof)1
Sleeping mat / roll mat1*
Sleeping bag (minimum comfort temperature >/=-20Celsius)1*
Liner for sleeping bag1*
  
  
  
  
Sunglasses1
Ski-goggles1*
  
Towel1
Toilet articles and other private equipment 

- Items marked with * can be provided by Turgleder for free on request. Information about equipment you need must be conveyed to Turgleder minimum 1 week before arrival. Items with an additional cost are noted with the price.
- Please note that this is the minimum required clothing and equipment for this holiday. You are of course welcome to bring other clothes and equipment in addition to this.

- You should pack your clothing in waterproof bags to avoid equipment from becoming wet during the tour.

- If you choose to bring your own sleeping bag, this needs to be a warm winter sleeping bag with 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.

Turgleder also provides:

    • Warm arctic trousers/overall to put outside your own warm clothes and warm winter boots
    • Tents / Lavvo
    • Stoves, cutlery and cooking equipment
    • Pulks (sledges for equipment transport)
    • Other common equipment necessary for this trip

Dates 2019

  • 15th to 22nd April
  • 23rd to 30th April - Fullbooked

We guarantee departure on all fix dates. No minimum participants required.

Private trips
Private trips available on request.

The price includes
Guide, local transportation, all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8, lodging in Karasjok, some clothing and equipment (see eqiupment list).

The price does not include
· Travel to / from Karasjok
· Personal equipment (please check the equipment list)
· Travel insurance
· Alcoholic beverages
· Extra activities (alternatives described on day 7 in the program)

Lodging
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In Karasjok you will be lodged at the truly unique Engholm Husky lodge in double rooms in cabins with one or two rooms.
- Single rooms are available for an additional cost.
- On the migration you will sleep in lavvo (sami tent)

Extra days in Karasjok:
We would like to encourage you to stay a few extra days at Engholm Husky Lodge to explore Karasjok and the neighbouring town Kautokeino. At the Husky Lodge there is always many things happening and you can, among other things, take part in the daily handling of the husky sled dogs. You can visit the sights of Karasjok or you can relax with a good book from the “mushers library”. You can also experience the Sami culture by visiting the Sámi Museum, buy Sámi art and hand craft, visit the local Sámi knife smith or get a guided tour at the Sami parliament. You can aslo book a dog sledding trip.

For lodging prices and options, please go to the "Lodging" tab under "General information".

 

If you need more information about this adventure before you make your reservation/booking, please feel free to contact us via mail@turgleder.com or call us on +47 90855556 (Liv).

When you are ready to book, please go to “booking” under the «general information» tab and fill in and submit the booking/registration form. When we receive your booking/registration form we will reserve a place for you and send you a booking confirmation also including some questions if necessary. When all details surrounding your participation are in place, we will send you an invoice. Your reservation is valid for 7 days after the invoice is sent.
For more information, please see our booking terms and condition under the “general information” tab.

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