The Sámi, the indigenous people of Europe’s northernmost region, call their homeland 'Sápmi'. They are renowned for herding reindeer, their distinctive handicrafts (duodji), and for their affinity with nature. You often hear the Sámi say "Nature is our culture.” When you discover the knowledge that the Sámi have regarding nature and its potential, you will fully understand this statement. Traditional foods such as reindeer meat, fish, and berries are still an important part of the Sámi diet today.
It is not commonly known that Arctic nature is rich in herbs and medicines. But today, an increasing number of people are embracing ancient expertise for using Arctic flora in the prevention and alleviation of pain and discomfort. No one has made greater use of nature's own 'pharmacy and pantry' than the Sámi reindeer herders, who still make use of that which Arctic nature has on offer. On this excursion you will gain insight into the Sámi culinary traditions and medicinal herbs that one finds in the nature of the Arctic, presented and served by an experienced Sámi reindeer herder. You will also taste a selection of dishes and herbs. Furthermore you will hear about Sámi culture and handicrafts and listen to joiks (chantings) and tales about the Sámi Shaman (noaidi).
This excursion goes across Europe's northernmost mainland and in the bus you will hear about the Nordkyn Peninsula and its nature, seasons, weather, and climate, and everyday life in the two fishing villages of Kjøllefjord and Mehamn.