Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Swedish man uses flying rubber boat to keep track of his reindeer

A man in northern Sweden uses a flying rubber boat to get a birds-eye view of his reindeer herd.

Stig Nordspets, 56, is a self-employed reindeer keeper in Parkalompolo, a community in Sweden's far north.

While the combination of reindeer, flying, and the Arctic Circle may conjure up images of Santa Claus, Rudolf, and a slew of industrious elves, Nordspets's work is not all fun and games, and cruising the skies at up to 100 kilometres per hour is not for the faint-hearted.

"Those who want to track them from above normally do so from a hydroplane, but no one that I know of has ever used a flying rubber boat before, so I thought, 'Why not?'" Nordspets said. He said he is now on the lookout for other unconventional aircraft and is considering buying a small gyrocopter.

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