Please do not disturb

On top of the world

If you leave your experiment behind in the Scandinavian mountains, you will have to deal with the wildlife up there.

Reindeer and Lapporten

We learned that lesson the hard way. It turns out that the high north houses a high density of reindeer, a fact we immediately noticed in our plots: labels destroyed, large footprints everywhere, flowers eaten, even some dung piles… The reindeer seemed to be attracted to our research!

Sassy rein

The first few days, we only saw their tracks, obvious as they were. It only took us some time to finally see one in real life.

Reindeer and Torneträsk

We thought they might have been hiding from us far away in the mountains, on the highest and less-visited peaks, but in the end our first sighting was right next to the chairlift, on the most touristical location in the whole northern mountain range.

Reindeer and chairlift

The next day, we saw some more disturbers, with impressive antlers and a fierce look.

Majestic reindeer bull

They were too majestic…

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