Peak season sees long, long days and sunshine. This is when the region really comes to life, with many festivals, boat trips, activities, cheaper hotels and a celebratory feel. Insects in Lapland are a nuisance.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark

This is the biggest entertainment event of the year in the capital, with 10 days of music at the beginning of July. The festival features a range of Danish and international jazz, blues and fusion music, with more than 500 indoor and outdoor concerts.

Skagen Festival, Denmark

Held on the first weekend of July, this festival at Denmark's picturesque northern tip features folk and world music performed by Danish and international artists.

Roskilde Festival, Denmark

Northern Europe's largest music festival rocks Roskilde each summer. It takes place in early July, but advance ticket sales are on offer around October and the festival usually sells out.

Ruisrock, Finland

Finland's oldest and possibly best rock festival takes place in early July on an island just outside the southwestern city of Turku. Top Finnish and international acts take part.

Wife-Carrying World Championships, Finland

The world's premier wife-carrying event is held in the village of Sonkajärvi in early July. Winning couples (marriage not required) win the woman's weight in beer as well as significant kudos.

Moldejazz, Norway

Norway has a fine portfolio of jazz festivals, but Molde's version in mid-July is the most prestigious. With 100,000 spectators, world-class performers and a reputation for consistently high-quality music, it's easily one of Norway's most popular festivals.

Ólavsøka, Faroe Islands

The largest and most exciting traditional festival in the Faroes celebrates the 10th-century Norwegian king Olav the Holy, who spread Christian faith on the isles. The big days are 28 and 29 July.

Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A month of excellent performances in the romantic location of one of Europe's most picturesquely situated castles makes this Finland's biggest summer drawcard for casual and devoted lovers of opera.