Celebrating the Sami people
To fully appreciate the culture and traditions of Lapland, you’ll first need to know a little about the Sami people.
Although Lapland shares its natural beauty with the country it resides in – Finland – as well as Sweden and parts of Russia, the region as a whole has historically always been the home of the Sami people. Their traditional clothes are colourful, often vibrant red and blue, and made of thick fabrics to help keep the cold at bay.
Sami culture has had a profound effect on Lapland’s growth into the winning destination we love it as today. There is a nomadic spirit in the Sami people that played out in their historic reindeer herding and annual rituals, in which moving from the forests to the northernmost coastlines during the summer was a major part of life.
The arrival of tourism in Lapland has done its utmost to ensure that the Sami way of life is not disrupted, and happily that seems to have been a successful venture. Modern conveniences and traditional values have an interwoven relationship here.