National Geographic

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Sámi reindeer herders

Jason Roberts

The herd can number between 3,000 and 5,000 reindeer; it takes a week for the entire herd to swim between Arnøy and Kågen.

The migration is therefore carried out in stages: here, the ‘lead’ herd enters the fjord.

‘The reindeer is not just an animal to us, but an entire way of life’, says a Sámi herder.