12 Days of Christmas #6: Reindeer

I love reindeer.  I’ve been to visit the reindeer herd that live on the Cairngorm plateau in Scotland, and I’ve seen some grazing in fields next to the Hringvegur (ring road) in the Eastfjords of Iceland.  I’ve been to Finnish Lapland and watched families take rides in reindeer-drawn sleds, and seen the Sami round-up pens in Kautokeino and Karasjok.

IMG_0491v2Skiing on the empty fells above Båtsfjord  a small herd of reindeer crossed over the crest of the hill to our front.  They continued down towards us, the only sound in the still* air was the soft crunch of snow under their feet.

*A tenuous link to Ailsa’s weekly travel theme of still.


4 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas #6: Reindeer

  1. cravesadventure December 19, 2013 / 00:43

    There is a few wildlife I would like to see “in the wild” and reindeer is one of many!

    • vickyinglis December 19, 2013 / 09:44

      I think it’s quite interesting that right in the far north there are no truly “wild” reindeer; despot their remote location each belongs to a Sami herding family. I think you have to go south, to the mountain areas east of Bergen to find real wild reindeer.

  2. Sartenada December 19, 2013 / 06:16

    Great post. We love reindeers also in the nature. Last autumn on our road trip we saw many on some Arctic hills. My series from this trip starts next week. To find sure reindeer, You can meet them here:

    Arctic Circle in winter.

    Happy blogging!

    • vickyinglis December 19, 2013 / 09:38

      I look forward to reading about your adventure. Cheers.

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