was fun, hectic and wild. It started with several herders (no
dogs) combing an area of the island looking for a heard. Once
found, they would herd the reindeer to a certain point not far
from the corrals. By walkie-talkie the herders would alert the
village of their position. The village bell was then peeled
- the sign for all villagers to climb aboard waiting boats -
and off we'd go to a small bay beyond the reindeer.
went ashore without so much as a whisper and formed a long line,
side by side. At a signal given by the lead herder, we all (60
people--more or less) jumped up yelling and screaming and running
toward the reindeer. In panic, they fled blindly toward a wide-funneled
fence that ended in the corral. Two-thousand reindeer in the
corral was quite an impressive sight.