Reindeer Driving Competition

Reindeer Driving Competition

Late March
The Sami people who live in the northern parts of the Scandinavian countries round up their herds of reindeer between December and March every year to count, sort, slaughter, and mark their animals in much the same way that cattle and sheep are rounded up in the United States and elsewhere. Round-ups usually last from one to three days and often include athletic competitions. In late March in Inari, Finland, men and women compete on cross-country skis as they try to herd 100 reindeer over a 3 1 + 4 -mile course. The fastest time wins the competition.
CONTACTS:
Northern Lapland Tourism
Saariselante 1
Saariselka, 99830 Finland
358-16-6684-02; fax: 358-16-6684-03
www.saariselka.fi/index.php?la=en
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Mar 15