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Rare video: See the lone albino reindeer under the midnight sun

Northern Norway in summer holds all the ingredients for magical moments. This video could not have been captured at any other time or place.

Probably the most clichéd scene in Norwegian painting and photography is a «Moose in sunset». Just Google it.

Still, this is the first time we’ve seen an albino reindeer under the midnight sun – which is even filmed with a drone.

The video was just posted at the YouTube channel Norway by Air, which belongs to teenagers Brage Gåsvær (18) and Tarjei Mo Batalden (17).

But they captured the scene last summer, when the midnight sun hovered low above the water outside Bodø, just north of the Arctic Circle, in Northern Norway. You can see it here:


“The video was captured at night around 2 AM, just outside of Bodø. Brage was sitting on the porch at their farm, and saw something white moving out there on the field,” Batalden tells Visit Norway.

The two teenagers are aspiring photographers, and had just bought a drone at the time.

“So he just sent the drone out to get a closer look.”

What Gåsvær found, then, was an albino reindeer. It was out wandering in the middle of the night, all alone.

“Reindeer run in herds, so it’s uncommon to see them by themselves like that,” says Batalden.

The video is the second one they’ve posted at their channel. The first is a winter video with beautiful drone photography of the Norwegian capital, Oslo:


Just now, the summer – and with it, the midnight sun – is approaching again in Norway. Come summer, Gåsvær and Batalden are going to travel Norway to photograph a number of well-known places and landmarks, with a stipend from the Wikipedia Foundation. The pictures will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under an open licence.

In other words, we can look forward to more great pictures from this duo – some of them from the air. But to see more albino reindeer under the midnight sun … that’s probably a lot to hope for.

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