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Reindeer Encounter and Sámi Experience in Lapland (Sweden)

Learn about traditional Sámi culture and the art of reindeer sledding on this afternoon tour

    • Guided
    • Easy
    • From £/adult, £/child
    • Nov-Apr, half-day activity
    • Adults, Families (min. age 3), Groups, Solo


    • Close encounter with reindeer
    • Discover the heart of Sámi culture
    • Just 20 minutes from Kiruna
    • Ideal for adults or families
    • Long season November to April
    • Traditional lunch included

Description »

NB: Although included in our "dog sledding" category, this experience has no dog sledding component. While the landscape of northern Sweden is ideal for dog sledding, the Sámi have never used dogs as a traditional mode of transport and it is reindeer that are the core element of Sámi culture.

A great option for adults and families to discover the heart of Sámi culture

This activity gives you the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with the reindeer at the corral, including feeding the calves, trying your hand at the traditional lassoing technique and trying a short reindeer sled ride on the track at the camp.

Reindeer at the corral

The reindeer are central to Sámi culture. Photo: Resy van Beek.

Just a few minutes from the small village of Jukkasjärvi, the location of the world-famous Ice Hotel, this is an ideal option for a Lapland winter experience, either in combination with one our dog sledding experiences in the area as an extra activity for your arrival or departure day, or as a stand-alone option if staying locally.

Meet the Sámi and the reindeer which are the heart of Sámi culture

You start by travelling along the frozen Torne river to reach the reindeer enclosures by snowmobile-drawn sleds. Once you have arrived at the reconstructed Sámi camp you will learn about the importance of these animals, which connect the Sámi with nature.

Your guide will introduce you to the culture of the Sámi and the life of a working reindeer herder. After meeting the reindeer, lunch is served in the Sámi lavvu (tipi). Sitting around the fire on a warm base of reindeer skins is a magical experience and the perfect setting to learn more about Sámi culture from your guide, while a traditional lunch is served of coffee and "suovas", the Sámi national dish of smoked reindeer (vegetarian alternative is available on request - must be advised in advance).

Reindeer sledding

Reindeer sledding was the traditional mode of transport for the Sámi, though snowmobiles are used today. Photo: Nature Travels.

The Ice Hotel, a Sámi cafe and Sámi museum are within easy walking distance (approx. 3km) and are popular options for additional activities (charges apply payable locally for entry to the Ice Hotel).

This experience is suitable for all ages and ideal for those wishing to learn about the importance of these beautiful animals to the Sámi way of life.


Itinerary »

NB: Arrival and departure transfers must be booked in advance. Please let us know as soon as your travel plans are finalised so that transfers can be arranged.


Tours start with pick up from the Tourist Information Office, Camp Ripan or Hotel Arctic Eden in Kiruna at 13.00, or from the Ice Hotel at 13.30.


After your tour you will be transferred to the Ice Hotel around 17.20, to the Tourist Information Office/accommodation in Kiruna around 17.45 or to Kiruna train station around 18.00.

Dates & Prices»

Dates 2024/25

Tours are offered daily between 20th November and 14th April (except 24th December).

Prices 2024/25

Standard Prices 
Child 3-12GBP

What's Included »



  • All necessary equipment during the experience.
  • Warm winter clothing: snowmobile suit, warm hat, gloves, boots and helmet.


Lunch of fried smoked reindeer meat with flat bread and lingonberry jam. Lingonberry juice and tea/coffee.

Special dietary options (vegetarian, etc) are available if pre-arranged. Please advise dietary requirements in advance.


Transfer is included to/from Kiruna or the Ice Hotel at fixed times. See under "Itinerary" for details.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks.

Good To Know »


Health requirements/experience:

General good health and fitness. Suitable for all ages.

What makes this "Easy"?

As a short experience with a limited active component, this tour is suitable for a very wide range of participants. Guests should be able to sit comfortably on reindeer skins on the ground in the lavvu.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:


Maximum groups size is 16 persons

This tour has no minimum and is guaranteed to run from the first booking.

Eco Info

This host has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Stockholm then onward to Kiruna by night train or domestic flight connection. Transfer is included to/from Kiruna or the Ice Hotel at fixed times. See under "Itinerary" for details.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Kiruna.

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