"Some Sami words" Padjelanta Nationalpark Local Custom Tip by sim1

  The stream Njunjesjåhkå at Bäcken bridge
by sim1

I’ve added a little list with some terrain words. As you know there are a several dialects in Sami and I've added the two most usual ones here, the Lule Sámi and the North Sámi:
Blue = Lule Sámi,
Green = North Sámi
Red is the translation to English

áhpe áhpi = large marsh, marshlands
báktte bákti = steep cliff
buollda buolda = mountain slope
duottar duottar = barren low mountain
gájsse gáisi = steep mountaintop
gårsså gorsa = canyon, ravine
jávrásj jávrrás = small lake
jávrre jávri = lake
jiegge jeaggi = marsh
jiekna jiekna = ice, glacier
jåhkå johka = brook, stream
jågåsj jogas = small brook
luokta luokta = bay
luoppal luoppal = stretch of smooth water or wider area in river or brook
lusspe luspi = outflow where creek empties into a lake
njárgga njárga = tongue of land
oajvve oaivi = rounded mountain
oalgge oalgi = esker, smaller mountain connected to a larger mountain
riehppe riehppi = niche-shaped valley, often with glacier, difficult to reach
savoj savu = stretch of smooth water
skájdde skáidi = tongue of land between two watercourses which are joined
suoloj suolu = island or islet
tjavelk cavil = mountain ridge, land elevation
tjåhkkå cohkka = mountain top
tjårro corru = mountain ridge
vágge vággi = u-shaped valley
várásj várás = small mountain
várre várri = mountain
vuobme vuopmi = forestland as opposed to mountains
ädno eatnu = river, stream

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