reindeer herding – central part of the sami culture
Reindeer herding is a central part of the Sámi culture. Get to know these semi-domesticated animals at reindeer farms, in the wild, or at reindeer races.
The traditional Sámi livelihoods are fishing, gathering, handicrafts, hunting and reindeer herding and the modern ways of practising them. Out of the traditional Sámi livelihoods, reindeer herding still functions as one of the important cornerstones of the Sámi culture by offering both language arena as well as material for, among others, clothing, other Sámi handicrafts and food culture. Ever since the development of reindeer herding, reindeer has been an important form of transportation. Today, the tourists can experience the traditional form of transportation in the form of reindeer sleigh rides in winter time.
According to the law, one is not allowed to disturb or frighten the reindeer in any way. Freely grazing reindeer in nature are semi-wild animals. Hence, please do not approach and, at the same time, startle the animal, for example, by trying to photograph it.