Rare White Reindeer Spotted In The Wild in Norway

A photographer in Norway has snapped a rare white reindeer, who almost disappears into the snowy background. Just in time for Christmas, eh?

According to photographer Mads Nordsveen, from Oslo, the adorable little reindeer wasn't shy and was happy to pose for some photos.

The cute baby reindeer was out with its mum. Credit: Caters/Mads Norsvdeen
The cute baby reindeer was out with its mum. Credit: Caters/Mads Norsvdeen

Mads was out hiking with some pals when they spotted the rare animal, which wasn't in the least bit scared and went over for a closer look at the group.

Twenty-four-year-old Mads said: "I was walking in the mountains looking for nice landscapes for my travel photography when out of nowhere I saw this wonderful little creature

"He came very close to me and we looked at each other straight in the eyes.

"He was quite relaxed when he saw that I was calm and friendly. It was almost as if he posed for the camera.

"He was very curious and fun. Like a little explorer.

The reindeer has a rare genetic mutation meaning its fur is pure white. Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen
The reindeer has a rare genetic mutation meaning its fur is pure white. Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

"After some minutes the mother of the baby reindeer came out of trees just behind.

"It walked around for some minutes before running back to its mother.

"It was very magical and a fairy tale moment.

"Maybe one day we'll meet again."

Despite their pure white coats, white reindeer aren't albino, instead they have a rare genetic mutation that strips pigment from their fur - but meaning that their eyes still have darker pigmentation, as do their antlers.


A couple of years back, a photographer captured an impressive set of photos of a white reindeer in Sweden. In snaps taken by Siv Poijoin Mala, the all-white reindeer could be seen stood at the side of the forest about to cross a road.

Unlike the younger reindeer photographed in Norway, this one did appear to have have a pink-ish tinge to its antlers and...is that a red nose?

Sib said: "In the pack there was only one white reindeer, it is not that often you see one.

"For the Sami people, the white reindeer have special significance - I think they bring luck and are considered holy.

An adult male reindeer was spotted in Sweden in 2016. Credit: Caters
An adult male reindeer was spotted in Sweden in 2016. Credit: Caters

"It just stopped at the side of the road and I managed to take a picture."

Reindeers are, of course, traditionally associated with Christmas, being Santa's preferred method of transportation and these snow-white ones are especially festive-looking.

Featured Image Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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