CLOUDBERRIES, REINDEER HERDS, and countless lakes. Snowmobile rides chasing the midnight sun, traditionally cooked food made with birch or lingonberries, and Europe’s only indigenous people. Arctic Europe has it all. Life up here will definitely surprise you, and here are 11 facts that prove it.
Arctic Europe isn’t just Sweden, Norway, and Finland — it’s also the land of the Sámi.
For the Sámi people, the northern sections of Finland, Norway, and Sweden are borderless. Instead, it’s all part of Sápmi, the land of the Sámi. Europe’s only indigenous people have roamed this region for more than 10,000 years, and local governments across all three countries respect their claim to the territory.
Reindeer herding is still central to the culture here, and when you hike through Urho Kekkonen National Park, sip water from a stream in Muddus National Park, or just drive along the E75 on your way to Pyhä-Luosto National Park, you might spot one of the semi-domesticated animals. It might be your first hint that you’ve entered a different world…