Our friendly Ylläs Adventures guides dropped us off at the Sami homestead of a reindeer herder and after a brief demonstration of how to safely sit inside the sleigh, we were off.
|Dressed in tradional Sami attire, the reindeer-herder demonstrates how to get into the sleigh.|
|The reindeer drawing the sleighs have their antlers removed for the safety of the passengers.|
|Gareth tentatively greets the reindeer that would be drawing our sleigh.|
|We were lucky to be assigned the front sleigh.|
|The reindeer were extremely friendly, and this one kept trying to push past our sleigh to say hello.|
|Although sitting underneath a reindeer hide, this is probably the coldest I have ever been in my life!|
|Our sleigh set the pace for all the others, and we had a perfect view of the landscape.|
|Afterwards, we were welcomed into the reindeer-herder's hut for warm drinks and snacks, and interesting reindeer facts.|
|And then it was time to feed the reindeer, who came in droves for a taste of lichen.|
|Reindeer have cloven hooves for easier snow walking.|
|Saying goodbye to the reindeer was the hardest part.|
For more posts in the Winter Escape 2012 series, click here.