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The winner of the juried 2010
ITBW Award is Nutti Sami Siida,
arranges nature and culture tours based on the Sámi culture.
Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sámis
from Gabna Sameby, Sweden. To leave things in nature as they are
for others to experience is the philosophy of this tour company,
who operate in the sensitive Arctic region. The owners make their
living showing guests what is considered to be wilderness, which
is their back yard, and strive to keep it intact for generations
Nutti Sámi Siida encourages visitors to take their time to
enjoy their discoveries - from watching a moose hiding among the
birches, to learning about a new plant - rather than simply putting
miles behind them. Nature is one of the reasons that travelers choose
this area, so tours are offered at a slower pace to explore this
great landscape. Experiences include reindeer sled trips, trekking,
Sámi culture, a museum with nomadic artifacts and a handicrafts
As the Sámi people
have become more settled in recent years, their nomadic traditions
have stopped. The only way to keep the traditional knowledge alive
is to practice it, and Nutti Sámi Siida does so very effectively
by conducting trips. They place a high value on educating visitors
by introducing them to the local culture and traditional skills.
Guides carefully chosen for their close connection with reindeer
herding and Sámi culture offer authentic and accurate experiences,
and teach guests about both the historic and present day way of
Working with responsible and sustainable tourism is very natural
for these indigenous peoples who have populated an area for thousands
of years without leaving obvious traces in nature. Nutti Sámi
Siida was one of the first companies with products approved by Nature's
Best, a Swedish quality certification for ecotourism.
Sweden borders with Norway
to the west and Finland
to the northeast and it is connected to Denmark
by a bridge in the south.