Denmark/Norway/Finland/Sweden travel blog

Roadside stop and photo op

Look at that roof!

Beautiful lakes and water everywhere!

What??? Doug says they cooked up Prancer!

Fishing boat

Sami Museum - Sami life

Fall in Finland

Winter in Finland

Spring in Finland

They have bears-brown and grizzly-this bear is hibernating, giving birth and nursing...

Many animals turn white in the winter and back in the summer

Birds change color too in the winter

No matter the culture, people find ways to make beauty for themselves

More items from the old Sami ways

A baby carriage; like a papoose

Trim for their clothes

They make the trim for their clothes.

The open-air museum - Sami house

Fishing boats

Sami teepees

Beautiful lakes and rivers

Sheep hut

Explanation for the sheep hut-even the animals are bothered by the flies...

Storage shed

Mushrooms growing on the roof

Reindeer farm

Reindeer farm

Reindeer farm

Beverly feeding a reindeer

She couldn't get the little one to eat-he was too shy

The older ones weren't shy at all

Eating out of a trough

The Sami owner of the reindeer farm

We couldn't feed them enough.

One-year old reindeer



Way to put your garden on the roof

Sami assistant to the farmer

Stone memorial

Beautiful lakes and rivers

Beautiful lakes and rivers

Display of antlers-used for crafts

Sami Community Room -served us tea, coffee, cookies-told us Sami history

Sami drum used by the village Shaman, before Christianity

Storage shed

Old teepee

Another beautiful day. Sunny, 60 degrees.

Today we learn about the Sami people. They are the last of the indigenous people of Europe. They have lived here since prehistoric times. They used to be called Laplanders, but that term is now considered derogatory. Today they live in large parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, sheep herding and reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the approximately 28,000 Sami are involved in reindeer herding, providing them with meat, fur and transportation. Mostly, only Sami are allowed to herd reindeer. In the past, the Sami went through similar treatment of indigenous people around the world - reeducation, don't speak your native language, wipe out their cultural ways, etc. Today, to make up for past suppression, all of the countries, with Sami people have made an effort to build up Sami cultural institutions and promote Sami culture and language. They haved their own schools that teach their language, history and culture. They are mostly an urbanized demographic now, working with their Scandinavian neighbors.

We went to a museum all about the Sami. It was an excellent museum; really well done as you'll see in the pictures. We even had lunch there; didn't like the salmon meatballs, but the chicken curry was good.

After lunch, we went to a reindeer farm run by a Sami family. Also very interesting.

This evening we've been invited to dinner by several Finnish families (a part of the cultural exchange Overseas Adventure Travel, OAT, provides on every trip). I'll tell you about that tomorrow.

Tomorrow we go to the airport and fly to Helsinki for our visit of that city.

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