Guossi – Guest in Sápmi
Be our guest in Sápmi; our guide takes you to the ancient Sámi market and assembly place Márkanbáiki in Jukkasjärvi. You visit and feed our reindeer and get to know more about the indigenous Sámi people who call their traditional homeland Sápmi. You round off your visit by savouring a Sámi meal whilst sitting around a crackling open fire to get a real taste of the area.
The guide meets you at Sámi Siida-Márkanbáiki which is origin for the village of Jukkasjärvi at the banks of the mighty river Torne. We visit the old Sámi camp where one or more reindeer herding Sámi families tend to spend parts of the year and which during the nomadic time functioned as a temporary housing place. We take a look at old building constructions and visit goahtis and answer questions like: How did the Sámi people live in the past? How did they protect against the cold? What clothes were used? How did they move along in nature? Religion: shamanism or were they Christian? Why did they put salt into the coffee?
The guide takes you to the on-site reindeer corral to meet our steadfast companions, the reindeer. We get close-up with the reindeer whilst feeding them and you will learn why they are have earmarks and how they well they are adapted to the harsh climate up here in the north. Then you will be taught how to use a lasso by throwing it around antlers. Reindeer antlers are dropped and grown anew every year, and they are widely used within duodji, Sámi handicraft, which you will be able to have a look at during the tour. You will also watch a slide show featuring contemporary reindeer herding and Sámi everyday life during Sápmi’s eight seasons.
The best foodie thing to do in Sápmi is actually to sample some reindeer meat and to sip some hot coffee served from a sooty kettle. If you have not done it yet not, it is time for you to taste it, now! The Sámi signature dish suovas (lightly-salted and cold-smoked reindeer meat cut in slices) will be fried in a big pan over open flames and served on Sámi flat bread together with some lingonberry jam. All this in the right ambience: sitting around the fireside in a lávvu-tent where you get an insight into contemporary arctic Sámi lifestyle.