There's enough light now for it to be prime skiing season in northern Scandinavia. Local holidays mean it gets very busy (and pricey) on the slopes mid-February.

Þorrablót, Iceland

Held all across the country, nominally in honour of the god Thor, this midwinter festival's centrepiece is a feast for the fearless that includes delicacies such as fermented shark.

Rørosmartnan, Norway

An old-fashioned and traditional winter fair livens the streets of the historic Norwegian town of Røros.

Jokkmokk Winter Market, Sweden

The biggest Sámi market of the year with all manner of crafts for sale, preceded by celebrations of all things Sámi and featuring reindeer races on the frozen lake.