Moose migration in northern Sweden makes for “contemplative” slow TV

Swedish Television is offering over 400 hours of live coverage of migrating moose in northern Sweden. In this picture, a moose in Skanes Djurpark, southern Sweden on January 29, 2011. (Yves Herman/Reuters)
They have been travelling the same journey, waiting for the ice to melt, for 9,000 years.

The elks or moose are migrating to their summer grazing pastures by the foot of the mountains in northern Sweden.

And every spring, dating back centuries, at the exact same spot, they swim across the Ångermanälven river near Junsele in Ångermanland.

This year, starting on Monday, 22 cameras are capturing the crossing with more than 400 hours of live coverage on Swedish Television.

“Five metres from one of our cameras there is a trap where they used to catch the moose, so humans have been sitting, waiting exactly like we are doing now, for thousands of years,” presenter Anders Lundin, who will be co-hosting a live broadcast of the crossing, tells Radio Sweden.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: From the Arctic to Atlantic, a photographer documents seal hunting in Canada, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finnish live stream gives users bird’s eye view of eagle’s nest, Yle News

Norway: Norwegian slow TV follows reindeer herd to the coast of the Barents Sea, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s wolf numbers slide, illegal hunting blamed, Radio Sweden

Russia: Authorities in northwest Russia move to protect wild reindeer, The Independent Barents Observer

David Russell, Radio Sweden

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