The arrival of February signals mid-winter and with it, a wide range of possibilities in the Nordic countries. The days are slowly lengthening, but weather conditions tend to be cold and stable. This makes for a great time to spot the Aurora Borealis. Why not opt for a half-term family adventure in Lapland, or enjoy a romantic valentine's getaway in a rustic log cabin.
Typical Lapland scenery during mid-winter
Mastering the skill of mushing your own team of huskies through snowy forests on a thrilling dog sledding tour, or enjoying snowmobiling along vast frozen lakes are just some of the many winter activities on offer in February. With the levels of sea and lake ice at its peak across the northern part of the region, you can also try out ice fishing, ice carting and even hovercrafting on a remote Swedish archipelago.
Hovercrafting from Brändön Lodge, in the Luleå archipelago, Sweden
Couples may wish to spend a rare night in one of a number of ice hotels in the region, a great idea for a romantic Valentine's Day trip. Alternatively, this is the most popular time to go skiing in the Nordics. While central Europe has a more notable ski scene, the Nordics do have a number of resorts dotted around the region on a smaller scale. Think the likes of Levi and Ukkohalla in Finland, or further south Geilo and Myrkdalen in the Norwegian mountains.