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A young reindeer looks for food on a frozen lake near Rovaniemi, in Finland's Lapland region. Centuries before borders separated land into countries we know today, the nomadic Sami people roamed the arctic regions between Russia's Kola peninsula and Northern Norway. Their life followed the seasonal reindeer migrations and their spiritual beliefs were deeply connected to the land and all the abundance it provided. Although the political frontiers and the rapid pace of industrial development has severely affected the natural state of Europe's Arctic regions and, in part, nomadic traditions, the Sami of today hang onto their language and culture. Sami reindeer herding as a livelihood is a rare sight, but if you ever roam around Lapland, you may well encounter real herders and see beautiful animals such as the one I photographed above, in the far north of Finland.