On the Sixth Day of Christmas

The most relaxing and peaceful Christmas television for me this year, was the film of Norway’s Sami reindeer herders guiding their animals’ migration, 160 miles across the region of Finnmark. It’s a trek across an expanse of snow, hundreds of reindeer, no commentary, just the natural sounds of the breeze, the animals and the song of the Sami people known as yoik. It’s a sound which seems to belong in this landscape, calling out across vast mountainous regions and a centuries old way of life.

The programme is available on BBC iPlayer for a year.

All Aboard – The Great Reindeer Migration.

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