National Geographic : 1971 Jul
Lapps depart for greener pastures ROUNDED UP for a snowy trek, a herd of 1,500 reindeer awaits marching orders near Kautokeino, 170 miles north of the Arctic Circle; a herdsman riding a motor sled turns back strays. Their destination: sum mer foraging grounds on the isle of Arn0y, a month's jour ney-including a chilling fjord swim-to the north. For centuries Lapp families have migrated with their rein deer to and fro across northern Norway. They travel by sled, skis, and on foot, camping in teepeelike goattes (left). Here the nomads load provisions on reindeer sleds for the journey. Joining a Lapp family on its trek to Arn0y, photographer Mobley survived a hazardous odyssey that included a near fatal spill from an overturned motorboat. He also endured un seasonable late-spring blizzards that engulfed herd and herders in a white nightmare.