If you visit Tromsø, you can have a close-up experience of their colourful culture and history. The Sami people have always adapted their traditional way to the nature around them. For centuries, the Sami have lived by hunting, fishing, farming and reindeer husbandry.
Dec 1, 2023 · The Sámi side of Tromsø, Norway Susan Nerberg embarks on a deeply personal tour of Tromsø, taking part in Sámi Week as a means to better understand her own Sámi roots and culture Published Dec 01, 2023 Updated Jan 16, 2024 3,394 words 14 minutes By Susan Nerberg With photography by by Orjan Marakatt Bertelsen
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Mar 19, 2023 · Who are the Sami people in Tromsø? The Sami are the native people of northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia (the region is collectively called Sápmi). They’ve lived in this part of Europe for at least 3,500 years in a semi-nomadic way, using reindeer for transport, food and livelihood.
- Cultural Events
- Norwegian Lasso-Throwing Championships
- Reindeer Racing
- Sami Arctic Winter Market
All through the week Sami culture is celebrated with concerts, talks, and evening entertainments. Offerings include Sami language courses for beginners, art exhibitions, library events and special events for children. The Sami People’s Day itself is honoured at Tromsø City Hall, with an official celebration.
Lasso-throwing is an art born of necessity in reindeer husbandry. It has become a regular sport practised by the Sami Sports Association, and the championships in Tromsø are the official Norwegian championships. The lasso-throwing arena is set up in the city’s main square, surrounded by crowds of Saturday morning shoppers. Competitors take part in ...
On Sunday, barriers go down along both sides of the whole of Tromsø’s main street, to create a track for some fast and furious reindeer racing. When the start signal goes, the reindeer burst out of their stalls at the northern end and pound at full speed down the street, pulling their drivers after them on skis. The finishing line is at the souther...
All week long, the lavvu (Sami tents) are set up along Tromsø’s main street, and everyone is welcome in to enjoy a cup of coffee brewed over the campfire. Traditional Sami celebratory food, bidos (reindeer meat stew) is also served, as well as lefse (soft, potato flatbread) made by Sea Sami communities. There are also booths selling duoddji, Sami h...
Oct 1, 2022 · One of the best activities and excursions in Northern Norway during the winter is visiting a Tromso reindeer farm and learning more about the Sami culture and their relationship with reindeer. This guide will showcase ethical Sami tours and places where you can see reindeer in Tromso. Planning your trip to Tromso last minute?
Apr 6, 2020 · April 6, 2020 2 Comments by Emma Tromsø is a cool city, in every sense of the word. It is the largest city in Northern Norway and is also one of the first settlements in the far north by Norwegians.