There are places in the world where time seems to be standing still. Beautiful, magical places that appear to be untouched by modern civilization. People come here to recharge, to get away from the hustle and bustle of our crazy techno-driven world.
One of such places is the ethnical village of the Sami people (aka Laplanders or Laps) — the people of Fennoscandia — the geographical peninsula that encompasses northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Murmansk Region of Russia. Currently, there are around 2,000 Sami in Russia and 75,000 all over the world. Perhaps, the most famous Sami is the American actress Renée Zellweger.
The ethnical village is located around 140 km from Murmansk. Apart from a couple of regular houses, you will see kuvaksas — authentic lodgings of Sami that are similar to tepees. Besides, the village is home to many animals — deer, rabbits, huskies, an elk, and a polar fox. The animals are very friendly — you can pet most of them. The deer are absolutely adorable! You should try feeding them from your hand — it’s an unforgettable experience!
Other things you should do, once in the village, include visiting the breathtakingly beautiful sacred lake, playing local games (like throwing rings on deer horns), making a wish to local wooden idols, tasting a delicious white fish soup and drinking tea from a 200-year-old kettle. And, of course, learning about Sami’s life and reindeer husbandry traditions.
Experience the northern charm of Sami culture, you won’t regret it!