Miessemánnu – Reindeer calf month May

Be our guest among our precious reindeer herd. An exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you when the reindeer herder meets you among hundreds of reindeer. 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. 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.

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.

The price includes:

  • An exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience among hundreds of reindeer – guided by a reindeer herder.
  • Transfer with mini bus to/from ICEHOTEL approx. 1.5 hour one-way, towards the Silkkimuotka reindeer corrals.
  • Traditional Sámi meal Dinner; fried smoked reindeer meat, with flat bread and lingonberry jam. Food allergies/intolerances to be advised when booking.
  • Coffee and tea

Place: Gather at Meeting Point.

Equipment: Dress according to weather; appropriate and warm outdoor clothing recommended. Loan of warm clothes if needed (warm outer layers, gloves).

Who is it suitable for: Suitable for everyone.

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.

Language: Swedish and English.

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