The frozen beauty of the Arctic is something only a privileged few manage to experience, and Lapland - a swathe of wilderness stretching from Finland to Norway, has always been shrouded in mystery and legend.
Snow-thick pine forests are home to reindeer and moose, while Arctic hare and willow grouse flit between pines in snowy winter camouflage. Snowflakes are so tiny they seem to float, sparkling like diamond dust in the light, and the extreme beauty of an Arctic winter, and the eerie kaamoslight - when the sun does not rise in midwinter - is genuinely breathtaking.
A winter activity holiday in Finland really is like no other - Visit Oulu, Lappi and Ivalo, where the reindeer outnumber the people, the sun sets the endless skies aflame at dusk, and the kaleidoscopic Northern Lights, believed by local Sami people to be the souls of the dead in eternal battle, are said to dance in the sky when you sing to them.
In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. As the only accommodation for miles around, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul.