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Reindeers are an inseparable part of Lapland's nature. Reindeer herding as a way of life - in its current form - is at least 500 years old. Reindeers have been used for carrying and pulling burdens since the beginning of the Common Era.

Reindeers are kind and obedient animals, if you can train them first! And that requires a great deal of skill.

Altogether there are about 200 000 reindeers in Finland and about 6 500 reindeer owners in Lapland. At Kopara you can meet reindeer owners Anssi and Ari Kiiskinen, who still today herd their reindeers in the traditional way and according to northern nature's cycles. They also train their own sledge-pulling reindeers. For more information about reindeers and reindeer herding you will find here.