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|Capacity:||Minimum 20; Maximum 60|
|One way transport time:||1.25 hours|
|Time at supplier:||2.5 hours|
The Sami, the indigenous people in northern Norway, have a vibrant and colorful culture, both past and present. This tour provides an opportunity for guests to learn more about their old ways and modern life. This tour extends AC211 to include a riverboat trip as part of the tour.
The group will travel by guided bus to the tiny Sami village of Maze. On arrival, they will be greeted by members of a Sami reindeer-herding family. Lifejackets and a safety briefing will precede a 20-minute riverboat ride along a sparkling river nearby. After the boat ride, guests will make a short stop at the “old church” of Maze, where they will get a crash course in the Sami alphabet.
Following the outdoor tour, visitors will seat themselves in large tepee (called a “lavvo”) where they will sit around a central fire on warm reindeer pelts on the ground. Along with lunch (a reindeer and potato stew called “bidos”), the group will hear descriptions and stories about old Sami traditions and experiences, as well as learning more about their traditional clothing and modern life. They will even hear a sample of “joiking”, the ancient-sounding Sami form of singing.
The tour requires around a kilometer of walking throughout the tour. Most participants will sit on reindeer hides on the ground, though a few chairs can be made available if needed.