When combined with the sub-zero temperatures, the wind has a particularly brutal power up here, deep within the Finnish Arctic Circle. Chunky boots, gloves and thick woolly hats are essential. We climb onto our sled. Nowadays, reindeer herders use snowmobiles to allow them to reach their animals and back home again in as quick a time as possible. In the past, the Sami spent winters in the forests alongside the reindeer. Our lungs feel like they are on fire as another blast of icy wind hits us. Up in the frozen north, in this wintry realm, you have a heightened awareness of your primal needs for survival.
Reindeer are not pets. They always live outside, where they belong