Reindeer – Northern livelihood and culture

Reindeer – Northern livelihood and culture

The reindeer, a semi-wild species of deer, inhabits the northern latitudes of Europe and Asia. Reindeer live freely, grazing in the northern wilderness, where they primarily consume natural vegetation: lichens, grass, shrubs, and mushrooms.

Reindeer move in herds, called “tokkas,” varying in size from a few individuals to hundreds of antlered animals. Typically, reindeer roam long distances each day, seeking new grazing areas. Reindeer are extremely well adapted to their northern habitat: their thick fur insulates heat, and their wide hooves facilitate movement in the snow like snowshoes. Both male and female reindeer have antlers, which shed annually.

Reindeer herding is a traditional livelihood of Arctic indigenous peoples and an important part of their culture. Lapin Liha aims to support the preservation of this livelihood and culture. We want to support young people in pursuing their livelihoods in reindeer husbandry and in preserving their own culture. At the same time, we ensure that delicious reindeer meat is available in the future.

Lapin Liha purchases reindeer according to its availability from Finland, Sweden, and Norway, where reindeer husbandry has been practiced for hundreds of years. In Finland, reindeer husbandry is managed by reindeer herding cooperatives, which are local associations of reindeer owners in the reindeer herding area.

Unique, particularly healthy option

Reindeer, a traditional delicacy of the North, is ethically and naturally produced meat. It is extremely nutritious, containing iron, protein, minerals, and vitamins. Reindeer meat is very lean, making it an excellent choice for meat lovers who want to enjoy their daily meat portion a bit lighter.