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.
Getting lost in Fes to find the hidden treasure
Hemmed in by mountains all around, by the new city and by its own ancient city walls, the medina of Fes is an inward-looking place.
Taking the ice lake challenge in Helsinki
In a country with lots of wood for fires and long winters, when open water freezes over, it is perhaps not surprising that the sauna became a national institution in Finland.
Inside Finland’s bi-polar circle
The Finns are known for their melancholic character but, when summer comes, something funny happens. Once a year, the sun is able to melt the Finns a little and a whole city changes.
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.
In Helsinki, the surreal is never far away
Helsinki is brimming with activity in summer when the constant daylight turns it into a 24-hour city.
Giving the Finns a reason to hug
“Argentine Tango is one thing,” says Jani Keinanen, organizer of a twice-weekly milonga in Helsinki. “But Finnish Tango is something else entirely. They’re two different beasts.”
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.