'The Long Journey Home' Lonely Planet Magazine

A commission from Lonely Planet Magazine to travel with a Sami family during their Reindeer Migration in Lapland, Northern Sweden.

"The Long Journey Home" - Following routes that their ancestors took millennia before them, the Sami reindeer herders make their annual migration across the frozen wilds of northern Sweden...
Sami reindeer herder, Kennart - he's the boss.
Prior to migration the reindeer are rounded up for tagging.
Capture and corralling for tagging prior to migration.
Capture, corralling and tagging prior to migration.
We are all packed and ready to go, the migration begins.
The migration begins, the reindeer in full flow.
We feed the reindeer moss, from felled trees, it's so good they even tolerate a close-up.
We rest for the night in a traditional communal Lavu.
In the early stages of the migration thr reindeer move fast, following their natural instincts.
The weather takes a turn for the worst but the migration goes on.
The reindeer herd slow down as begin to tire and they cross Sacred Mountain.
Reindeer herd on Sacred Mountain. This image earned me an Honerable mention in the International Colour Awards.
A couple of reindeers get seperated from the herd on Sacred Mountain but are soon rounded up again before the bad weather sets in.
 
Home sweet home, a warm log cabin awaits us at the end of the migration.
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