Reindeer herding

Sami reindeer Husbandry

Several Arctic and Subarctic people, including the Sami, have herded the reindeer for a many centuries. The reindeers were and are kept for the meat, the hides, and also for the antlers, as transport and for the milk. Reindeer roam the planes of the Finnmarksvidda being only semi domesticated. Traditionally the herds were moved from inland to seaside depending on seasonal grazing grounds.

ReindeerNussir lies within an area used for semi-domestic reindeer husbandry by two districts:

  • District 22, Fiettar, uses the area for spring, summer, and early autumn grazing. The area is used for calving in the spring and during the rut in early autumn; and
  • District 20, Fálá, uses the area predominantly in early autumn during the rut. The spring migration follows a route further south, and summer is spent on Kvaløya. The autumn migration follows the bridge across Kvalsundet.
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