North Adventure

AC214: Sami Games in Maze (with snacks)

Sami Games in Maze (with snacks)

Quick Facts

Season: Summer
Capacity: Minimum 10; Maximum 50
Duration: 5.5 hours
One way transport time: 1.25 hours
Time at supplier: 3 hours
Intensity: Moderate
Toilets Yes
Supplier: Cavzo Safari

The Sami, the indigenous people in northern Norway, have a vibrant and colorful culture, both past and present. This tour provides a fun way for guests to learn more about their old ways and modern life.

The group will travel by guided bus to the tiny Sami village of Maze, around an hour’s journey south of Alta. When the group arrives in Alta, they will be greeted by members of a Sami reindeer-herding family. They will be brought to a large tepee (called a “lavvo”) where they will sit around a central fire on warm reindeer pelts on the ground. Over spiced Maze cake, dried reindeer meat and fire-brewed coffee, the group will hear descriptions and stories about old Sami traditions and experiences, as well as a sample of “joiking”, a chanting Sami song form.

Then the Sami Games begin. In smaller groups, guests will take part in fun activities such as:

  • Throw the lasso (can you catch a reindeer? How about just the horns?)
  • Retrieve water from a lake and make coffee (an easy challenge)
  • Get dressed properly with Sami clothing (not as easy as it sounds!)
  • Rig a traditional Sami tent (where to start!)

At the end of the tour, guests will bid their hosts farewell and return to Alta by guided bus. The tour requires about 75 meters of walking between the bus and the activity area. Most participants will sit on reindeer hides on the ground, though a few chairs can be made available if needed.