Lapland is a cool destination all year round, but it comes into its own at Christmas. You can chase the northern lights, learn the traditions and culture of the Sami people – one of the largest indigenous ethnic groups in Europe – and take husky sled rides through the snowy wilderness. Then how about bedding down in a cosy log cabin, a glass igloo or a hotel (and veritable work of art) made entirely of ice?

Northern lights above elks and coniferous trees, Norway (LOOK/Robert Harding)

Northern lights above elks and coniferous trees, Lappland, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Dogs pulling a sled in Finnish Lapland (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Woman on kick sled with Aurora Borealis, Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (Ragnar Sigurdsson/Robert Harding)

Woman on kick sled with Aurora Borealis, Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Kiruna, Lapland, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Woman on bed with reindeer skins, Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (Ragnar Sigurdsson/Robert Harding)

Woman on bed with reindeer skins, Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Kiruna, Lapland, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Woman on Iron Line Railway, Kiruna to Narvik, Sweden (Ragnar Sigurdsson/Robert Harding)

Woman on Iron Line Railway, Kiruna to Narvik, Lapland, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Sami people experience in Boazo Sami Siida, Alta, Finnmark, Norway (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Sami feeding reindeers, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden(Ragnar Sigurdsson/Robert Harding)

Sami feeding reindeers, Jukkasjarvi, Lapland, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Ice hotel, Alta Igloo Hotel in Alta Friluftspark, Finnmark, Norway (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Honningsvag, Puerta a Nordkapp, Finnmark, Norway (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Glass Igloo at night, Hotel and Igloo Village, Kakslauttanen, Saariselk fell area of Lapland, Finland (Ragnar Sigurdsson/Robert Harding)

Glass Igloo at night, Hotel and Igloo Village, Kakslauttanen, located in the Saariselk fell area of Lapland, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe

Dog sledding in Norway, Finnmark (Image Broker/Robert Harding)

Dog sledding in Norway, Finnmarksvidda, Finnmark, Lapland, Norway, Europe

Sami people with traditional costumes and reindeer, Inari lake, Finland (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

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Herding reindeer across the arctic circle in Lapland (Dan Burton/Robert Harding)

herding reindeer across the artic circle in Lapland

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