Blog: Reindeer migration (by boat!) in Arctic Norway (VIDEO)

Reindeer in northern Norway. Did they miss the boat? (iStock)
Reindeer in northern Norway. Did they miss the boat? (iStock)
Norway’s public broadcaster NRK has a spectacular timelapse video up on their website showing reindeer migrating to an Arctic island…. on a boat!

The article is in Norwegian, but from what I can gather (thanks to Google Translate) freelance photographer Jan R. Olsen took the photographs on the island of Kågen in Troms county in Norway’s Arctic.

But why by boat?

According to the owner of the reindeer, the animals were tired which is why they started barging them to the island.

If any of our Norwegian site vistors have more information on the video, feel free to add it in the comments section below.

And now, see the video here for yourself:

Reinflytting from Jan R Olsen on Vimeo.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

One thought on “Blog: Reindeer migration (by boat!) in Arctic Norway (VIDEO)

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 at 15:38

    I read an article today on Finnish YLE ( that is based on another NRK article (, which may explain it – or not. To summarize, very shortly, reindeer in Norway (mainly in Finnmark county?) are getting too weak because of malnutrition, and therefore need motorized help in their annual migration. In Finland, herders have been feeding their reindeer extra food because their grazing areas are over-grazed. There is a fear that the extra food may cause the quality of the reindeer meet change too much. In Norway, on the other hand, herders do not feed any extra to their reindeer, as they keep accusing the loss (over 100 000 died last year alone) on predators, while researchers keep telling them that their reindeer die of hunger much more than because of predators.

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