What Kind of People Live in the Tundra?

According to Discovery.com, many people who live in the alpine tundra in mountainous regions are animal herders. People living in the arctic tundra rely on mining, hunting, nomadic herding or fishing to make a living.

The term "tundra" comes from the Finnish word "tunturi," which means a treeless plain. High temperatures in the tundra range from about 50 degrees Fahrenheit during short summers and 0 degrees Fahrenheit during winter, on average. Due to remote locations and extremely low temperatures, very few settlements exist within the tundra. Tourists travel to tundra destinations, such as Canada's Tuktut Nogait National Park in the Northwest Territories. Visitors enjoy the natural phenomena of the aurora borealis and experience the wildflowers, caribou, raptors and musk oxen.