ABOUT

ABOUT

We want to be called "Sámi" or "Saami" and are often known in English as "Lapps" or "Laplanders". Our indigenous people inhabit the Arctic area that encompasses parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Kola Peninsula. We are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia; we are the northernmost indigenous people of Europe, and are recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples. Our ancestral lands extend over approximately 388,000 sq. km., or 150,000 sq. mi., almost equal to the size of Norway. There are more than 10 Sami languages and have been categorized as part of the Fenno Hungarian language family.

 

For centuries our people have survived through hunting andl fishing along with the more nomadic lifestyle of reindeer herding . Today only about 10% of Samis are dedicated to reindeer hering even though these animals provide food, fur and a form of transportation, and for cultural, environmental, traditional and political reasons, reindeer herding in certain regions is legally reserved for our people.

 

Although there are many people who are using the Sami culture as a touristic attraction for Finland, we and our team are the one of the very few people who are truly indigenous; thus we celebrate our traditions and happily introduce our lifestyle to visitors from around the world. Our land is full of mystery and natural beauty - witnessing the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the "Northern Lights" in an environment of snowy tranquility defies description: it must be experienced. And let is not be said that Winter is the only time to visit - Summer and Autumn are fresh and beautiful with numerous activities to be enjoyed.

 

We invite you to visit us at any time of the year - we can promise you an experience of a lifetime!

 

If you have any questions, you may send us an E-mail: inquire@visit-lapland.com

 

To see what kind of activities we offer, click here for SUMMER and here for WINTER.