When you drive a sleddogteam, you may come close to reindeer. They roam freely in herds or smaller groups. The reindeer are not wild they have owners. It is very easy to scatter a reindeer herd with a dog sled, but it is a difficult and time-consuming task to round up the herd again. Respect the Sami’s work and the reindeer’s health ! Here are some tips and facts about reindeer that are important for you, as a sled driver, to know :
So that reindeer cows (vajor) have calm grazing conditions before and after calving, which occurs at the end of April/end of May.
So that the reindeer will not be scattered in connection with the spring movement up to the mountains.
Because the reindeer (due to poor winter grazing conditions, for example) can be in poor condition.
So that the reindeer can graze in peace in winter grazing land in wooded areas.