Day trip: Vuoján – Reindeer sled excursion
Handle and drive your own draft reindeer with a sled along an approx. 8 km long trail through the vast and gorgeous winter landscape of Sápmi. You drive in a standing position and in a convoy following the reindeer sledding guide with the leading reindeer ahead. This is an amazing hands-on eco adventure for outdoor enthusiasts that look for a truly traditional Sámi activity.
Our guide will take you from Jukkasjärvi with snowmobile sleds along the Torne River to our reindeer support feeding facilities out in the woods. There will you be offered detailed instruction on handling and driving your reindeer with a sled before you are ready to embark on a trip of your lifetime. You will drive your own reindeer, standing on the sled runners. You drive in a convoy following our guide with the reindeer on an approx. 8 km long track through the snowy forest landscape of Swedish Lapland.
After about 1.5 – 2 hours of actively driving with reindeer sled we return to Reindeer Lodge where you will help out unharnessing and releasing your reindeer back into the enclosure.
In the lávvu your guide will prepare a tasty traditional reindeer herder lunch. A lávvu is a traditional temporary Sámi home where the reindeer herder meal suovas (smoked and salted reindeer meat) is fried over the open fire. The meat is served on traditional gáhkku (Sámi flat bread) with lingonberries; and fresh boiled coffee and tea will besipped after the lunch. The intimate lávvu atmosphere opens up for discussions about Sámi culture, traditions and lifestyle, a perfect opportunity for you to learn from Europe’s only recognised indigenous people.
This is Sápmi at its best, having a guided tour in the beautiful Arctic nature while practicing an old vanishing tradition.
This tour is available upon request mid-January – 11 April 2021
END: Approx. 13.00,
MEAL: Lunch consisting of fried reindeer meat with Sámi flat bread and lingonberry jam, coffee/tea included. Food allergies/intolerances to be advised when booking.
EQUIPMENT: Loan of thermal overall, boots, mittens and hat included.
GROUP SIZE: Min 2 people, max 8.
LANGUAGE: Swedish and English.
CONDITIONS: Min age for the tour 6 years. Min age to drive own reindeer sled 16 years. Child sits in an adult’s sled. General good level of health and fitness required. Guests participate in our activities at their own responsibility and are obliged to follow the safety instructions assigned by the guide. Tour will be adapted to prevailing weather conditions.
QUALITY: Nature’s Best Sweden labelled, and Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.