A picnic in Lapland at minus 30ºC
While I was in Lapland making a documentary about the Sámi, the family with whom I was staying invited me for a picnic in their goahti (tent).
Winter is Coming...!
In winter, temperatures in Lapland can drop to -30ºC and parts of the region see snow falling on some 225 days of the year. Today is balmy -22ºC and I will spend it in a blind, trying to catch a sight of eagles in the frozen landscape.
How the snowmobile changed Sámi life
It was the snowmobile – a machine designed to conquer nature if ever one was – that has made the biggest difference to the herding lifestyle of the Sámi people.
Some Sámi were even born on a sleigh
It is impossible to talk about the Sámi – the last indigenous people of Europe, originating from Lapland – without talking about reindeer.
What would the song of your life sound like?
“Let’s joke! You can joke your friends, joke a beautiful mountain or just joke being sad or happy.” Anna-Reetta Niemelä, a teacher of Sámi language and culture in the village of Karesuvanto, high in northern Lapland, has me baffled for a moment.
Morning and night say hello to each other
Hello Lapland, harshly cold in winter but idyllic in summer, and home to the last of Europe's indigenous people; the Sámi. They have survived because of their herds: without reindeer there would be no Sámi and some have even been born on a sleigh. But it was the snowmobile that brought the biggest changes to a people who have always had to adapt to survive.