Inside the polar circle

Untamed nature reigns in the lands of the nomad Sami people. With its rugged and arid wilderness, arctic mountains, endless forests and reindeer wandering lazily, Finnish Lapland is home to mythical tales of an ancient culture. The Sami are the only indigenous people in the European Union today, living mainly of reindeer herding and tourism. In a bitter dispute with Finland, they fight for their rights to be recognized. A route through great nature reserves takes us from the immense lake Inarinjärvi, with its own labyrinthic archipelago, to sites of gold-washing in Lemmenjoki national park.
Published in Viajes de National Geographic in 2009.