sami woman in traditional clothes surrounded by reindeer


Homestay with Simon Issát

Being a reindeer herder is more than a job, it's a lifestyle
Simon Issát, host, 2022

Simon Issát Marainen invites you home for a unique opportunity to get close to the Sámi lifestyle, simply by living it! Get to experience life as a reindeer herder while you live in a cottage on Simon Issát's yard, help him with the reindeer and listen to his stories. The days are filled with both reindeer herder chores and free time to explore the local area yourself. So come and visit the Marainen family in Nedre Soppero where you can enjoy the barren winter landscape as well as the warm hospitality in an unforgettable, personal experience.

Thanks to the small group, a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, the trip is easily adapted to your needs. The days are also affected by season, weather and wind so nobody one knows exactly how the stay will be shaped. This makes the experience unique just for you.

Contact us to book this tour.
Send an email to or call us on +46(0)98021329

A man and a boy in saami work clothes
Kid feeding reindeer
two saami children


  • Meet Simon Issat as well as his family and herding dogs.
  • Meet and feed reindeer while taking part of the every day life of a reindeer herder.
  • Learn more about jojk, and best of all, a privat jojk session from Simon Issát himself.
  • Taste traditional Sámi food.

Good to know

  • SEK 18,150 for two people. SEK 9075 extra adult supplement. SEK 4,953 per additional child (3-12 years).
  • Tour is open for bookings 12 January - 14 April 2024, upon request only.
  • Start day 1, Friday, pick-up 10.00 from Kiruna or 10.30 from Jukkasjärvi.
  • Finish day 3, Sunday, drop-off 16.30 in Kiruna or 17.00 in Kiruna.
  • Group size: Min 2, max 4 people. Max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (3-12 years). Only private circles.
  • Maximum three adults are aloud to stay in the cabin, and we do not recommend more than two adults and two children. This due to the limited space and beds.


  • 2 nights in own cottage in Nedre Soppero.
  • 3 days of activities with Simon Issát.
  • Full board from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3.
  • The activities are, among others, a visit to reindeer herd and feeding the reindeer, skiing, cooking and joik entertainment.
  • Bed linnen, towels, winterclothes and skis to borrow.