Six days riding covering 120 km (approx. 75 miles) in the pristine Nature Reserve Vindelfjällen. With Sámi guide. Overnight stay in a kåta (traditional Sámi tentipi) above the tree line at Båsatjaure. Experience wood heated sauna, freshly caught fish at Dukke and life with your Icelandic horse. These are some of the things that make a summer. Check out Fjällhästen for your summer 2015! http://www.fjallhasten.se/
Fjällhästen is quality labelled Sápmi Experience by VisitSápmi.
More about Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve: http://www.vindelfjallen.se/english-vindelfjallen
Fjällhästen: ”Vi rider ungefär tolv mil under sex dagar i det sagolikt vackra Vindelfjällen. Övernattning i kåta långt över trädgränsen vid Båsatjaure, dagsturer på upp till ett par mil. Bastubad och färsk fisk vid Dukke och ett liv tätt ihop med din häst är bara några av de saker du kommer få uppleva. Boka nu för att få plats 2015!” http://www.fjallhasten.se/
summer is coming – better plan!
Öppettider i sommar:
Datum: 1 juli – 10 augusti.
Veckodagar: Torsdag, Fredag och Lördag.
Guidad tur startar kl. 14.00.
this summer Njarka will be open:
dates: july 1 – august 10
weekdays: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
guided tours start 14.00 hrs.
e-mail or phone for information about tours in English or German.
Phone: +46 (0) 76-770 07 79
välkomna, Maud and Mattias
Maud and Mattias Mattsson operate Njarka Sameläger by lake Häggsjön in West Jämtland. It is one hour’s drive from Trondheim airport and half an hour from Åre – Northern Europe’s largest ski resort. They are pioneers in Sámi tourism and have greeted thousands of guests from the whole world at their Sámi reindeer camp.
They combine reindeer herding and tourism and can teach you all about traditional Sámi work, how to build kåtas and work with reindeer. Come for a short stay or stay as long as you like. They have small huts in the reindeer farm.
This is a long and familiar story…
In 1993 the Swedish state gave all people in Sweden and Europe hunting and fishing rights on Sámi land. May 11, 2009 Girjas Sámi community (reindeer herding cooperative) filed a lawsuit against the Swedish State concerning the 1993 hunting and fishing “reform”. Girjas claim exclusive fishing and hunting rights on their own land. The trial will start May 26, 2015. Will the Sámi win the rights over their fishing and hunting?
Reindeer owner and VisitSápmi chairman Lennart Pittja and his father went on a hunger strike 1993. Why Lennart?
- ”We wanted to spoil Swedish celebrations over their new conquest. They took our hunting and fishing rights and gave us a Sámi parliament. A parliament dependent on Swedish parliament, their money and with little influence on Swedish decision-making. Once again colonial tactics to exploit our land.”
When the Swedish part of Sápmi was colonized for industrial purposes the Swedish state had a pronounced willingness to let Sami people continue to use the land for a living. Hunting and fishing were important for the Sámi people. The Swedish state respected this and the Sámi could continue to hunt and fish for their livelihood. The borders created between colonizing farmers and Sámi land was an attempt by the State to protect the Sámi’s exclusive right to use the land in the mountain region.
1886 the first reindeer herding act was passed. The Swedish state concluded that the Sámi had the right to hunt and fish beyond farming land limits and in reindeer mountains on land managed by the Swedish state. But the state argued the Sámi were not organized in such a way – or capable enough – that they could handle organizing the selling of fishing and hunting licenses to the public. Therefore, county boards (länsstyrelsen) were appointed to do this. To this day the Sámi are not allowed to lease or sell fishing permits to their own hunting and fishing. Still the Swedish state through its county boards handle permits.
In 1987 the State began to claim that it had its own hunting and fishing rights. This led to the above mentioned ”small game hunting reform 1993″. Despite strong Sámi protests and helped by effective lobbying from the Swedish hunters organization Sámi hunting and fishing rights were opened to the public for leisure purposes.
May 11, 2009 Girjas Sámi community (reindeer herding cooperative) assisted by The Swedish Sámi Association filed a lawsuit against the Swedish State concerning hunting and fishing rights within Girjas Sámi land. Girjas claim exclusive fishing and hunting rights.
May 26, 2015 the trial will start. Results will impact more than Girjas land.
So what has this to do with tourism?
The sport fishing and hunting resources in Sápmi are probably the best unspoiled and natural we have in Europe. Sámi could if given the rights to develop this create a new and valuable sustainable source of income. Their expertise in these fields and their commitment to sustainable use of natural resources would secure some of Europe’s most unspoiled populations of fish and game – still open to the public but in a more controlled way. Tåssåsen Sámi community were allowed on a test basis many years ago to do this and now handle organizing and permits. They secure hunters are spread out and don’t disturb reindeer herding, threaten game populations or get in the way of each other. Small fishing camps in Tåssåsen with decent prices are very appreciated by sport fishermen. Today still very much active, Tåssåsen boast some of Northern Sweden’s most popular hunting and fishing experiences.