Winter isn’t just a single season in Finland – it’s many seasons, starting from November and lasting until early May in the northernmost parts of the country. As there is snow on the ground for half the year and the mood and light vary countless times during this period, it’s impossible to experience all aspects of Finnish winter during a short visit.

With the #PolarNightMagic campaign five explorers from around the globe got an opportunity of a lifetime to adventure around Finnish Lapland for 100 days. Here are twelve photographs from their journey.

So far, one of the most memorable experiences for the explorers has been witnessing and photographing the Northern Lights.

In Finland, the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites.

Want to camp? Don’t let the snow scare you off!

Did you know that Santa comes from Finland?

‘Eek!’ ‘No way!’ ‘You Finns are nuts!’ These tend to be the first unenthusiastic reactions of travelers faced with the prospect of a dip in an icy lake. Believe it or not, swimming in a hole in the ice really does you the world of good.

Hiking the snow-covered woods is made possible with snowshoes.

Did you know the Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year – or every other clear night – in Finnish Lapland?

A husky tour is an epic way to see the Arctic wilderness.

Campfires are the best way to warm up in Lapland.

To really understand Finland and its people you need to embrace the sauna culture.

Get ready to make some new furry friends!

This is what Finland is all about: enjoying winter!

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