By Will Barber Taylor
“All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride” follows the path of an ancient postal route, showing the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia and for whom reindeer herding remains a way of life.
Filmed in Karasjok, Norway – 200 miles north of the Arctic Ocean – the journey captures breath taking scenery, normally not glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. An epic two-hour trip capturing undulating snowy hills, birch forests and traditional Sami settlements.
With no commentary, music or present – just the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell, this hypnotic sleigh ride will be an enchanting experience to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Set against the beautiful landscape of Norway, All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride is like nothing else you will see. Rather than presenting a documentary about the Sami or even a drama about their epic journey across their beautiful landscape Nordic Noir and Beyond have produced a wonderful snapshot of life in the beautifully harsh landscape of Karasjok. By focussing on the landscape from the point of view of the Sami people, the programme provides an entirely new look at the landscape which would not have been possible had the programmed been more of a traditional documentary.
The cinematography is breath-taking with the scenery of Norway being fixed centrally to the screen. The views of the reindeer gently racing over the frozen landscape evokes scenes from Narnia and this is exactly what you get from All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride – a look at the beauty of the real Narnia.
Overall, All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride is a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to spend Christmas gazing into the beautiful landscape of Norway and be transported away from their day to day lives.
‘All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride’ is released on DVD on Monday 21st November and can be bought here.