Almost entirely above the Arctic Circle, jutting out between the White and Barents Seas, the Kola Peninsula is a place where only the hardiest survive. The landscape is dominated by taiga forest in the south and tundra in the north, with mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and rivers and rugged coastline in between. Kola’s vast grasslands are visiting grazing reindeer in their thousands over the summer months. The indigenous Saami, or Sami, who also inhabit northern Scandinavia, are the guardians of this land. A semi-nomadic people with their own language and customs, the Sami traverse the tundra on husky-drawn sleds and depend on reindeer herding for their livelihood. Astonishingly, not all of Kola is untouched and steeped in ancient tradition.