With winter in full swing, January is a perfect time to enjoy the Nordics at their snow-covered best. With thick snow covering much of the region and temperatures at their lowest, this month is very popular for winter cabin and lodge-based breaks, taking advantage of the stunning scenery and abundance of snow sports on offer. The far north experiences short daylight hours, meaning ample time to try your luck at Northern Lights spotting. Pick from the likes of a fjord-side break in remote Malangen to a polar night adventure in far-flung Svalbard, where the sun will not rise until mid-February.
Polar night in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
With the busy Christmas period over, January is often quieter, and as a result the prices of flights and accommodation drop, making this a good time to travel if you're looking to find a bargain, particularly if you're looking to spend a night in a glass igloo or designer lodge. Be sure to avoid the first week of the month though, as this usually falls within the Christmas and New Year period – prices will reflect this.
Glass igloos at Reindeer Ranch, Finnish Lapland
Due to more availability and fewer tourists, this could also be a good time of year to experience a memorable stay in one of the region's unique accommodations. Why not visit Sweden's renowned Treehotel, or legendary ICEHOTEL. Those looking for a more laid-back break can find plenty of winter cruise voyages along the spectacular western coast of Norway with Havila Voyages, perhaps combining them with a night stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel.