Astouding view of a reindeer migration filmed from a drone

Mikolaj Jaroszewicz
By Mikolaj Jaroszewicz
March 15, 2017Videos
Astouding view of a reindeer migration filmed from a drone

Each year an astouding phenomenon takes place in the coldest and mostly abandoned territories in Arctic Scandinavia. Thousands of reindeer make annual migrations with the help of indigenous Finno-Ugric people named Sami across the Sápmi area, which is their traditional territory. These people have herded reindeer over centuries, but in the present days only about 10% of Sami are connected to reindeer herding.

In the 21st century even Sami – indigenous people from North Arctic regions use technological advancements in their life. Here we can see the use of snowmobiles in traditional reindeer herding.

The journey of the reindeers begins in Karasjok, the Sami capital of Norway, goes through northern Scandinavia and ends behind the Finnish border. Around 3,500 reindeer and dozens of Sami make the annual trip across the snow, a journey which takes two months, covering hundreds of miles. A photographer  Jan Helmer Olsen used a drone to film this migration, which is part of the perennial rhythm of herding life in the North.

Jan Helmer Olsen says, “My footage felt very special as nobody ever manages to see how the herd moves as one body from the air. It’s [like] watching a huge flock of birds in flight.”

While a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a thousand pictures:

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