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.

The reindeer herd charging

The reindeer herd charging

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.

The reindeer herd being round up

The reindeer herd being round up

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.

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

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.

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

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.

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

The breathtaking images which show the reindeer migrate over Norway

“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.

The reindeer herd being round up

The reindeer herd being round up

“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.”