1/4 Reindeer is well adapted to live in the Northern hemisphere Photo: Toma Babovic Photo 2/4 Reindeers are essential for Sami culture and life Photo: Serena Barolo - Gästefoto Photo 3/4 Reindeer feed by digging through the snow during winter Photo: Raymond Fishman - Gästefoto Photo 4/4 Reindeers are still used for transportation Photo: Peter Kipling - Gästefoto Photo Previous Next Reindeer Essential for Sami culture and life, the reindeer provides everything from clothes to food and is kept in herds that are moved long distances across vast land areas to the rhythm of changing seasons. Published 24.08.2015 The highest concentration of reindeer held as livestock is found on the Finnmark plateau, where Samis for centuries have been moving their herds back and forth from the inland to the coast. While there are reindeer held as livestock further south, here there are also wild reindeer that are subject to strict hunting regulations. The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) is a species of deer living in the Northern hemisphere. Both male and female have antlers which they grow every year. They feed on grass, leaves, herbs, reindeer lichen and even mushrooms, digging through the snow during winter. The male normally weighs around 70-150 kilos, while the female is smaller with 40-100 kilos. The calving season is April to June. Print Share this page Facebook Twitter Google+ Similar great experiences Similar great experiences You may also like Northern lights Get a ringside seat to nature's own mesmerizing light show. Svalbard Realm of the polar bear.