Snowing home – Reindeer spotted headed back after Christmas across Norwegian plains
Haven’t you herd it’s not Christmas anymore? It seems this bunch of reindeer have only just got the message after they were spotted staggering back to Santa’s.
While families across the country took down their festive decorations, the herd made its laborious way across the frozen plains to cross the Norwegian-Finnish border.
Jan Helmer Olsen used the drone to film the migration of a massive herd of reindeer across Norway’s snowy plains, near Karasjok, to Finland in temperatures reaching minus 15 degrees.
Around 3,500 reindeer made the annual trip across the snow, which took nearly two months in total. During the trip they were followed by herders on snowmobiles so that they could find their own reindeer before travelling home.
Jan said: “My footage felt very special as nobody ever manages to see how the herd moves as one body from the air. It’s watching a huge flock of birds in flight.
“Filming the event was a spur of the moment thing as the reindeer stay well away from urban areas and it’s a trek out to find them.
“Using a drone was always just a hobby to me, but I get a lot of satisfaction out of the footage as it is so rare for somebody to film from the sky above.”