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Vidda (The mountain plateau) showed itself from its best side and offered drama when the Crown Prince Couple visited Kautokeino.
When the Crown Prince was to sit in the reindeer sledge in Ardni-siidaen, the reindeer was spooked and ran off so that the sledge fell over with the Crown Prince in it. The Crown Prince was fast on his feet again, running after the reindeer, trying to catch up, with one thought in his head.
-That was to try to catch up to it. It got away from me, but some people who were standing there helped me. They knew what they were doing and managed to catch it, so it went okay, a laughing Crown Prince tells.
The Crown Princess also fell out of the sledge, saying;”Sledging with reindeer isn’t my strongest side, but when driving a snow scooter, I do like to go fast”.
The sun stayed veiled in the east and a clear half moon in the west decorated the sky while the Crown Princess led the others out on Vidda (on snow scooters)
The temperatures reached -30C, a clear contrast to what the Crown Prince Couple later were to see at a research summit in Ealat, where they look at how indigenous people adapt to the situation the global warming causes.
- It is not surprising that the global warming can be seen in the nature also here. We can see that the nature shows signs of changes which are not only positive. We also saw that on Svalbard when we were there last summer, and we see it again here. It gives reason for worry, the Crown Prince says.
The King and Queen was at the same place in 1969, and they brought greetings from the Royal couple to the women who back then, as well as now made the sami-clothing for the royals. At the beginning of the snow scooter trail the present Crown Price Couple opened a sign. Since The King and queen was there the open plain has been called Sonjavadda.
Nils Petter Gaup guided them close to his own reindeer herd where they also met Johan N. Logje. An 84 year old man, who is the oldest one still active with reindeer herding. He said”I didn’t know it such fine people who were coming driving. It’s not easy to see who you are when you are dressed in pesk (traditional clothing). Now I have met King Haakon in Alteide, King Olav, King Harald and now the Crown Prince and Mette-Marit.