From late August to early October days we walked through the treeless expanse, patiently observing reindeer alongside two other people and two dogs.

The Svalbard reindeer is a small subspecies of reindeer native to the islands of Svalbard. The treeless landscape and the fact that they have no natural pretators make it possible to obseve the reindeer with a unique closeness.

After weeks of looking at Svalbard reindeer through lenses as well as with my naked eye, picking up fresh poo samples, spotting plants grazed by individual reindeer and digging them out of the nearly ground, and listening to the curious clicking sound reindeer make while walking–the mind can’t help but expand.

Special thanks:
Samantha P. H. Dwinnell, Norwegian University of Life Sciences & University Centre in Svalbard