Saami Village Tour with Reindeer

  • duration: 6 hours
  • price: 85 €
  • location: Murmansk
  • order: your tour

What You Will See

For a long time, the Saami, a local ethnic group belonging to the Ural race — intermediate between Caucasoid and Mongoloid, lived in this territory.

The total number of Sami in the world is 80 thousand people, of which 50 thousand live in Norway, 20 thousand in Sweden, 8 thousand in Finland, and two thousand in Russia.

In Russia, the capital of the Saami is Lovozero village. There operate the Sami National Cultural Center, various Sami festivals are held, the Kola Sami Radio is broadcast, the Museum of the History, Culture and Life of the Kola Saami is working.

Saami Trip Murmansk

The main Sami industries were reindeer herding, fishing, and hunting — and each of these industries had its own master spirits.

The traditional belief of the Sami was the worship to various spirits of nature. The traditional dwelling of the Saami is called veja, a log building in the shape of a pyramid with a smoke hole at the top. The temporary dwelling, similar to a yurt or chum, was called Kuvax.

Details of the Tour

Saami Tor last for 7 hours and during this time you will meet and discover:

  • saami people, their nature, traditions and life style;
  • fauna of the Saami: reindeers, foxes and husky dogs and have a chance to stroke and feed them making new friends;
  • traditional Saami cuisine and taste it;
  • the alley of majestic idols and have a chance to whisper them your secret dreams;
  • the traditional houses of Saami people with interiors full of their belongings.

The History of the Palace

The Saami lived in communities, the so-called Syyt, consisting of individual families.

The main Sami industries were reindeer herding, fishing, and hunting — and each of these industries had its own master spirits.

Saami had they own shamans, priests and wizards, that were called noidas or kebuns. During rituals, shamans sang, danced and knocked on a tambourine. The Saami believed that the evil spirits of the underworld were following shaman during the ritual, and he could stuck there forever.

Russia North Murmansk

The first Russian settlers of the Kola Peninsula traded with Saami and converted them to their religion. It is noteworthy that the Saami were not forced to become Christians. They mixed faith in Jesus Christ with their pagan beliefs.

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