Miessemánnu - Reindeer calf month

Activity facts

Duration: 5,5 hours Suitable for: Everyone
An exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you among hundreds of reindeers. It is a unique opportunity to watch new-born reindeer calves taking their first steps.
Be our guest among a precious reindeer herd. Receive first-hand information by your host who tells you about reindeer husbandry as a lifestyle based on traditional Sámi knowledge. Round off your visit by savouring a traditional Sámi meal in a lávvu tent whilst sitting around a crackling open fire to get a real taste of Sápmi.

A host fron Nutti Sámi Siida will meet you at Icehotel for transfer by minibus, towards Silkkimuotka and the Geasasjohka reindeer corrals (approx 1.5 hour one-way). Upon arrival to the forest in the middle of Sápmi, the reindeer welcomes you. You will learn about the reindeer, reindeer husbandry and its challenges, for example climate change.

The month of May is called miessemánnu in North Sámi language and means month of the reindeer calf. And this is usually the season when calving starts, continuing into June. If weather and other conditions allow you will have the chance to see new-born reindeer calves taking their first steps. These reindeer will be released to the mountains when the calves have grown a bit and are strong enough to embark on the long migration journey.

The calving season is one highlight within reindeer husbandry and of vital importance. Herders monitor the herds to safeguard them from disturbances. And that is why such a visit must be done with caution and respect.

After meeting the reindeers, you will be invited into a lávvu, i.e. a traditional Sámi tent, where you take a seat on reindeer skins around a sparkling and warming fire whilst talking and learning more about the indigenous Sámi people’s culture, history, and modern way of life. You will be served the Sámi signature dish suovas, which is smoked reindeer meat, fried over the open flames and served on gáhkku bread with a dash of lingonberry jam. It is eaten like a wrap and tastes best with fresh boiled coffee sipped from a guksi, a drinking cup carved from birch burl.

The bright hours of the midnight sun are approaching and will provide a wonderful setting for your visit to the Geasasjohka reindeer corrals and for your transfer back to Jukkasjärvi. ICEHOTEL only work with companies with ethical treatment of animals.

Booking Information
For all our tours that include food we need to know your diet restrictions or food allergies. Please fill in this information in the booking flow.

At the activity day, we gather at Meeting point 15 minutes before start time, equipped and ready. Please note that you as a guest are personally responsible to wear clothes accordingly to weather. Read more important information down below.

Practical information about our tours

ICEHOTEL only work with companies with ethical treatment of animals.


Equipment image


Your clothing is the most important part in order to be able to enjoy your activity to the fullest. We strongly advise you to dress accordingly to weather since a big part, if not all of the activity is held in an outdoor setting. Our guides have the right to deny anyone dressed wrongly.

Required to bring
Even though it is summer / early autumn it might be nice to dress warm underneath, preferably in thermal clothing and a warm hat.

The weather in the Arctic can change drastically and suddenly. It can there for be nice to dress accordingly to the layer-on-layer principle, or to bring a bag with a change of clothes. It can also be nice to bring a camera for chances to take great photos during the tour.

Keep in mind

You need to be minimum two persons for the tour to run. Please note that other guests can be booked on the same tour.

Safety is always of highest priority to us at Icehotel. We therefore reserve us the right to deny anyone with a severe medical condition or physical limitations to join our activities, if we feel that it is a risk of safety. If you have any medical conditions or other concerns regarding your physical ability and want to join any of our activities, please advise our booking department before booking, you reach them at [email protected].
Equipment image