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September 23 – January 7

© Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen


Discover the life and culture of Sámi reindeer herders as captured through the lens of photographer Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen.

A professional photographer since the age of 19, Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen embarked on a 15-year personal journey to trace his Sámi roots through photographs. The resulting images give an honest and true presentation of modern Sámi life and culture.

The Sámi are an Arctic indigenous people whose homeland stretches from the Kola Peninsula in Russia, through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway. Learn more by viewing the photo gallery.

The exhibition is proudly presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Come see the exhibition in the museum's rotunda.

The exhibition may be closed occasionally for short periods because of special events.

Check the schedule upon your arrival at the museum.

A man throws a lasso at reindeer.

Today, most Sámi people are integrated into modern society. However, many families continue reindeer herding and thus maintain an important part of Sámi identity. Image: © Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen

People and reindeer in a fenced pen.

Mathis Somby and his friend, Elen Anne Grete Sara Utsi, are modern Sámi herders. Mathis works at it full time, while Sara also works in TV production. Image: © Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen

Women in traditional Sámi clothing sit at tables.

Traditional clothing that used to be worn every day is now mainly saved for special occasions, like this wedding party. Image: © Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen