Massive lemming migration

Norwegian lemming

Splash, splash, splash. Driving car in the northernmost part of the Barents Region is a difficult task these days.


Norwegian lemming
Norwegian lemming. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Finnmark and Lapland is currently witnessing the largest lemming migration seen since the 70ties. Gardens and roads in urban areas are filled with lemmings, live and dead.

Run-over lemmings are a common sight along most roads. In some areas, drivers report that there are some many run-over lemmings that the road gets slippery.

The exceptional population growth this year cause massive migration. In the border areas between Finland, Norway and Russia in the north, there are lemmings practically everywhere.

Lemmings can mate at any time of the year and gets 8 to 10 children every time. Lemmings held in captivity are observed to have eight litters in a period of 167 days.

The stock of lemmings is expected to collapse in mid-October this year. Until then; drive carefully. 

Run-over lemmings on the roads in Finnmark. Photo: Trude Pettersen