Miessemánnu - Reindeer calf month

Activity facts

Duration: 5,5 hours Suitable for: Everyone
An exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you when the reindeer herder meets you among hundreds of reindeer rounded off with a traditional Sámi meal in a lávvu-tent together with your reindeer herder who conduct reindeer husbandry as a lifestyle.
Be our guest among our precious reindeer herd. It is a unique opportunity to watch new-born reindeer calves taking their first steps. Receive first-hand information by reindeer herders who conduct reindeer husbandry as a lifestyle based on traditional Sámi knowledge.

Upon arrival to the forest in the middle of Sápmi, the reindeer herder welcomes you to the corrals with reindeer. 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 prevent them from disturbances. And that is why such a visit has to be done with caution and respect.

After meeting the reindeer herd, you will be served a traditional Sámi meal that is cooked over open fire in a lávvu-tent. While coffee and tea are served the reindeer herder will have time to answer your questions. The bright hours of the midnight sun are approaching and will provide a wonderful setting for your visit in Silkkimuotka and for your transfer back home.

Practical information about our tours


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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 according to weather since most parts of this activity are held in a outdoor setting.

Loan of warm clothes if needed. Visit Riverside Lobby if you would like to get equipt. It might also be very warm in May and the extra outer layers will not be necessary. Dress according to weather.
Required to bring
Dress warm underneath, preferably in thermal clothing and a warm hat.
A great opportunity to bring a camera and capture that beautiful little reindeer calf you might meet during this reindeer calf month.

Keep in mind

Guests participate in our activities at their own responsibility and are obliged to follow the safety instructions assigned by the guide. Tour will be adapted to prevailing weather conditions. Food allergies/intolerances to be advised when booking.

Departure time
The activity always begins on scheduled time, gather at Meeting point at least 15 minutes earlier, equipt and ready. Please note that you as a guest are personally responsible to visit Riverside well ahead to get equipt if that is included in the activity. Read more about equipment offered for this particular activity in the section above.
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