This winter, undertake a customised cultural immersion journey in Norway to explore Sami roots, reindeer, traditional fare and more.
September 3, 2021: Travel company Up Norway is now offering new Bubble Tours in Sapmi, with cultural experiences that allow travellers to explore the land of the indigenous Samis.
These itineraries include activities like reindeer and dog sledding, workshops in the art of the lasso, tastings of fine cheese from local producers and locally brewed ale, as well as trips to see the Northern Lights, a private fjord cruise and traversing the wilderness on a snowmobile. The itineraries are adjustable to travellers’ interests and preferences.
The Sami Parliament, rural Sami settlements, the Northern Lights cathedral and the Alta Museum, where one can learn more about the UNESCO heritage protected local rock art, are just some of the stops on these new trips. Get dressed in local fashions like ‘pesk’ and ‘skaller’- the traditional jacket and shoes. The biggest highlight of these journey is the opportunity to meet local Samis like the local musher (dog sled driver) and grandmother Eira, who was born into a life of reindeer herding under World War II.
These new Bubble Tours also include the exploration of culinary traditions. With stories by the bonfire and joik (traditional songs), travellers can enjoy local grouse, reindeer and trout. And to gain more insight into the exciting story behind the food, travellers can opt for the cooking classes on offer, which also include and introduction to lefse, an upscaled potato flatbread. Another exciting experience is the fishing trip for King Crab, which also includes scouting a variety of whales like the humpback, the orca and sometimes even the fin whale.
There are a variety of accommodations available for small groups, including a cozy mountain hideaway and a traditional Norwegian log cabin; and an igloo hotel with design, ice and snow sculptures made by local artists.
The Bubble Tours by Up Norway are small group journeys best suited for multigenerational families and multi-couple groups. Up Norway places sustainability at its forefront, ensuring that all its offerings include positive environmental, social and economic impact. All Up Norway partners adhere to strict guidelines for hygiene, cleaning and maintenance of facilities and equipments, as well as follow all known Covid-19 preventative protocols.
The price per person for winter experiences with Up Norway begin at $3,000 USD person, based on premium and authentic accommodations for 6 nights. For more information, visit the website.