As the hours of light dramatically increase and temperatures begin to rise again, this is an excellent time to take advantage of the hefty snow cover and indulge in some winter fun.

Vasaloppet, Sweden

Held on the first Sunday in March, this ski race (www.vasaloppet.se) salutes Gustav Vasa's history-making flight on skis in 1521. It has grown into a week-long ski fest and celebration with different races – short, gruelling or just for fun.

Sled Safaris & Skiing, Northern Norway, Sweden & Finland

Whizzing across the snow pulled by a team of huskies or reindeer is a pretty spectacular way to see the northern wildernesses. Add snowmobiling or skiing to the mix and it's a top time to be at high latitude.

Reindeer Racing, Finland

Held over the last weekend of March or first of April, the King's Cup is the grand finale of Finnish Lapland's reindeer-racing season and a great spectacle.