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Digital Subscriptions > National Geographic Traveller (UK) > December 2018 > 7 ways to SURVIVE LIKE A SÁMI IN THE ARCTIC

7 ways to SURVIVE LIKE A SÁMI IN THE ARCTIC

A NEW TOUR IN NORTHERN SWEDEN IS LETTING TRAVELLERS IN ON THE SECRETS OF SCANDINAVIA’S INDIGENOUS REINDEER HERDERS, FOCUSING ON FORAGING SKILLS AND ANCIENT KNOW.HOW. COULD YOU SURVIVE IN THE ARCTIC?
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You don’t have to be a nomadic reindeer herder to know that the sun rises in the east, swings south and sets in the west. But a Sami can read nature’s subtle clues, too: moss will grow thicker and greener on the southern side of a tree because it sees more sun, and branches on the northern side will often reach higher looking for light from the south. A crescent moon can offer clues as well: if it’s seen before sunset, the full side signals west, while a moonrise after midnight will have a crescent that’s illuminated on the eastern side.

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This month, we ditch the jeep to discover Africa from a different perspective. Whether on foot, by boat or hot air balloon, we’re showcasing the continent’s wild side on an active safari across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and more. We go north of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland; discover Japan’s Tohoku region; and spend a long weekend in Vilnius. Other highlights this issue include Lima, Fife, Budapest, San Francisco and Turin, while our photo story unearths the tradition of gold panning in Costa Rica.