It's cold. Very cold and very dark. But this is the beginning of the active winter; there's enough snow for ice hotels, and winter sports are reliable.

Skábmagovat, Finland

In the third week of January, this film festival with an indigenous theme is held in the Finnish Sámi village of Inari. Associated cultural events also happen here throughout the winter.

Kiruna Snöfestivalen, Sweden

This Lapland snow festival, based around a snow-sculpting competition that draws artists from all over, is held in the last week of January. There's also a husky dog competition and a handicrafts fair.