Finland Lapland Nuorgam

Reindeer Herding in Samiland

Last Updated on March 28, 2018.

There are certain travel experiences that are simply indescribable because no words could ever do them justice.

My first time being on the tundra in Samiland (near Nuorgam in northern Finland if you are looking for it on a map), is one of these experiences for me. I could sit here and try to write about, but I’d never be able to fully convey what an incredible/mind blowing experience it actually was.

I think what was so special about it was that it was 100% authentic, not an impersonal and mass-produced excursion that is common in the more touristed parts of Lapland like Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Inari. I literally tagged along on what was just another day on the job for my new Sami reindeer herder friend, Aslat-Jon Lánsman.

Reindeer herding in Samiland

All I can say is if you are planning on visiting Lapland go as far north and as possible.

And this is why.

Thanks to Aslat-Jon and Utsjoki Tourism for making this happen for me. If you are having a hard time viewing this video, try this link.

 Music in the above video is Shadows by Midnight Juggernauts and was shot + edited entirely on my iPhone 4s.


  • Reply
    Michael Hodson
    May 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Can’t tell you how jealous I am! Trying to see if I can get back later this year to film this also. So cool and fun.

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      May 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

      It really was and I was blessed with great weather as well. Snow was still on the ground but sunny enough that I didn’t freeze my butt off. Not sure how it would be in October, but for me the very end of spring was just perfect.

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    May 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    what an amazing experience! awesome video.

    • Reply
      May 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Jessica! Loooong way from California out there :)

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