We love sunny holidays but sometimes you just need to search for snow to find something amazing. So instead of going south we went north, very north. To Northern Norway, Finnmark.
So last Saturday we left The Hague for a day in Stockholm and after that the real adventure started. In Tromsø, Norway. Northern Norway. Icy wind, snowy grounds and a little bit of sun. The first days we drove a lot, we even passed the border and found ourselves in Finland on our way to Kautokeino. Kautokeino was established in 1851.
The name of the municipality was KautoKeino until 1987 when it was changed to Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino. It was the first municipality in Norway to get a Sami name. The first element in Guovdageaidnu is guovda which means “middle” or “half” and the last element is geaidnu which means “road”. Combined it means “half way”. And that’s exactly what it means to us: half way up to Nordkapp Here we stayed with a Sami family. Lovely people.
Today we met another Sami family who has reindeer and teaches children of the local school how to ride and keep them. Best class ever!
Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sami are connected to reindeer herding, providing them with meat, fur, and transportation.
2,800 Sami people are actively involved in herding on a full-time basis. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in some regions of the Nordic countries.