Combine the unique adventure of driving your own reindeer sleigh with the strong cultural traditions of the local people. Rudolph’s Reindeer Run is an ideal experience for those wishing to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Lapland wilderness and the interaction with these beautiful animals.
Santa’s original eight reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. The story of Rudolph originates from 1939 when he came to Santa’s aid on a foggy Christmas Eve and guided the sleigh with his red nose. You may not meet the actual Rudolph on Rudolph’s Reindeer Run but you will have chance to ride in a sleigh pulled by one of his friends.
Reindeer are naturally timid animals but prior to the arrival of the snowmobile have been the main mode of transport for centuries. Although most reindeer roam freely around Lapland, some are kept trained for sleigh rides. Both males and females grow antlers which fall off between December and the summer depending on the age of the animal. Hoofs are adapted to the climate and in winter shrink and tighten exposing the rim of the hoof, to stop slipping and helping them dig through the snow whilst looking for their favourite food, lichens, sniffed out by their sensitive noses.
The trip starts with an introduction to the reindeer and how the Sámi people identify which reindeer belong to them. You will see that they are shorter and stockier than horses and how their build is suited for life in the snow and also how the herder lassoes the animals to catch them. Reindeer mating occurs from late September to early November when the males lock antlers for access to the females. The calves are born the following May to June and will keep suckling until the autumn although they can start eating grasses after about 45 days.
The reindeer run sets off with one reindeer pulling a sleigh and the family sitting inside, snuggled under blankets to keep warm. One person has to drive which is not too difficult as reindeer are sensible animals and do not race and overtake each other. The bells on the sleigh jingle and you hear the clops of the reindeer and the sleigh gliding across the fresh snow. It is just the most magical experience.