Here are some reindeer facts to enlighten you about Santa’s wonderful helpers:
* Reindeer is a type of deer originating from the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions.
* Large populations of the reindeer can be found in Norway, Siberia, Greenland, Alaska and Canada.
* It is very difficult to tell male and females apart as they both have antlers – but males lose their antlers every December while females don’t lose theirs until early summer. Santa’s reindeer are presumed to be male but are always pictured with their antlers on 25th December. Could Rudolph actually be a girl?
* We first learnt the names of Santa’s reindeer in the 1823 poem The Night Before Christmas; ‘Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!’
* Reindeer outnumber humans in Lapland by almost 10 times!
If you love reindeer, why not see reindeer in the Arctic Circle? You’ll learn about how to herd and lasso reindeer then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari