Life beyond the Arctic Circle: Between reindeer and fish

­The Yamalo-Nenets region is bigger than France, and half of its territory lies within the Arctic Circle.

The winter there lasts eight months a year, which means only few species can survive the harsh conditions.

Reindeer and fish mean everything for the indigenous people in this unwelcoming land. The Nenets and other native northern peoples follow grazing reindeer wherever they go, their routines revolving around their animals.

The life of the reindeer herder is usually hard and isolated, but occasionally they gather to share their world and compete in the skills they hone on the tundra. RT joined the traditional Nenets racing competition and visited a local fish factory.