Lapland, a winter wonderland

Spectacular lightshow: Dancing aurora borealis, or the northern lights, illuminate the skies above.

Welcome to the Arctic Circle: Lapland's stark winter beauty lures adventure tourists.

Cozy log cabins: The region is characterized by traditional log cabins that in winter are blanketed with snow.

Posio: Riisitunturi National Park in Posio, southern Lapland, is renowned in wintertime for its eerie landscape of snow-clad trees.

Riisitunturi National Park: In winter, the spruce trees that embroider many of the park's hillsides.

Finnish forest reindeer: Santa's willing beast of burden is also much-loved by locals.

Pine cone way:Lapland inhabitants have ingenious ways of illuminating dark forests with seasonal cheer.

Pallas-Yllastunturi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in subtle wintertime twilight.

Rovaniemi: Lordi Square, the Lapland capital's colorful hub, glowing in neon at dusk.

Festive view: Santa Claus Village twinkles in chilly twilight. The Arctic Circle cuts right through the amusement park. 

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