National Geographic

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Sámi reindeer herders

Jason Roberts

The Sámi consider the 3 kilometer swim across the fjord to be the most treacherous part of the herd’s migration.

If one calf starts swimming in a different direction, the entire herd can follow.

The swim takes approximately 30 minutes.