Nils Ola Parffa

  • “You have to be interested in nature to be successful in this industry,” says Nils-Ola Parffa.
  • “Many have a dream that their children will perhaps takeover, I did too. At the same time I understand that it's not certain to happen.”
  • “Reindeer herders are I think pretty resilient in a way.”
  • “It’s not just a question of us learning the new situation – the reindeer also have their routines. They go where they are used to going.”
  • “When we have roundup we spread out hay to gather the reindeer. Then we move on.”
  • “We use Muttos as a foraging area, which is natural. The advantage is that it is untouched. At most we have a few skiers passing by. But no snowmobiles crossing and ploughing up.”
  • “Muttos is good land for the reindeer, they find forage among these spectacular rocks for example. At the same time it's a paradise for predators, it’s the downside. You have to live with it and make your sacrifices.”
  • “I do this to lead a rich life, even if it's hard work and tough sometimes. It's quality of life, quite simply, you have to do what you enjoy doing.”
  • “I'm becoming more and more aware of the importance of hanging lichen. It's salvation for me and my reindeer. The life of the reindeer depends on hanging lichen. There aren't many reindeer herders who get to see a forest of hanging lichen these days.”
  • “If the forage gets worse, the reindeer spread out, and finally there are just single reindeer running around, desperately digging in the snow here and there.”