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Thousands of reindeer take an epic journey across Lapland

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Follow hundreds of thousands of reindeer as they migrate across Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region. This Nature on PBS clip from the episode Santa’s Wild Home captures views from above, around, and within the herd during their epic journey to reach their feeding grounds by the coast.

And it’s a race against time. According to the video, they need to get there before the snow gets too soft to run on.

reindeer herd

The melting snow can be heavy going, but there’s no time to waste. They keep on moving. Winter will soon be a distant memory. Their journey takes some two weeks. And as it nears its end, the melt finally catches up with them. The sun’s warmth transforms this winter wonderland completely.

migration across the landscape
reindeer running together
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