Miessemánnu – Reindeer calf month
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Sámi reindeer herding culture. You get to watch as a new-born reindeer calf takes its first steps and meet reindeer herders which lifestyle is based on ancient Sami knowledge. You round off the visit to the reindeers with a traditional Sámi meal by the crackling fire in the lávvu-tent.
You meet up with Nutti Sámi Siida's guide in Kiruna or Jukkasjärvi and hop on a transfer to Silkkimuotka reindeer corrals, 1,5 h north-east of Kiruna. You are welcomed by a reindeer herder that guides you into the forest in the middle of Sápmi. Here are hundreds of enclosed reindeers that you carefully approach. This time of the year is very sensitive for the reindeer and the females need privacy and graze to gain the strength they need to give birth to their little calves. If all the circumstances allow, you can get a unique opportunity to see newborn reindeer calves. You’ll learn about the reindeers, reindeer husbandry and its many challenges, such as climate change. Once the calves have grown some and are ready for the long migration journey, the reindeers are released to the mountains.
After the visit at the reindeer herd, you end the day with a traditional Sami meal. Suovas, lightly salted and cold-smoked reindeer meat, is cooked over the open fire and served with gáhkku (Sámi bread). Enjoy a cup of steeped coffee or tea while the reindeer herder tells you all about his lifestyle and answer your questions.