This Christmas wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan is travelling to the frozen north, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to meet the ancient Sami people and the animals they hold so close – reindeer.
Known as the Reindeer People, the Sami were traditionally nomadic, relying on their precious animals to help them survive the Arctic’s harsh winters.
Gordon stays with a Sami family in Finnish Lapland to experience their unique culture and learn about their special bond with reindeer.
Once he has earned the trust of his own reindeer companion, he leaves behind his adopted family and sets off alone into this land of ice and snow. With only his reindeer to guide him, but armed with the knowledge of his hosts, Gordon immerses himself in this frozen wilderness and sets out to witness the natural phenomenon the Sami most revere: the magical northern lights.
Reindeer Family & Me airs Tuesday 26 December 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on BBC Two.