Northern lights, midnight sun, long cold winters, cutting edge design, fjords and Santa’s home are what come to mind when you think of Scandinavia and Iceland – oh, and of course those Abba songs that just get stuck in your head. Sweden gave us Abba and the Smorgasbord, so dig in and explore the 24,000 islands and islets around Stockholm, head north to the Arctic Circle, visit Iceland with its dramatic landscapes or travel south to the waters of the Baltic Sea. Take a ferry across to Finland and sample the nightlife of Helsinki where you can easily get home with the sun, it starts to rise at 3am! Lapland in the north makes up a third of Finland, if you visit in the winter you can set out across the tundra on a snowmobile safari and learn about the Sami (Lapp) people. It’s also home to Santa Claus, who lives near Rovaniemi – be sure to send a post card from his post office. Cross into Norway and you’ll find yourself in one of the most remote corners of Europe. It is along the breath-taking coast of Norway that during the winter you may be lucky enough to experience one of the world’s natural spectacles – aurora borealis or the northern lights. Venture south to Oslo, a thriving city founded by the Vikings in the 11th century. Head across to the southernmost Scandinavian state, Denmark, where ferries ply the waterways that link its 500 islands – a modern day reminder of its past as the home to the seafaring Vikings. Copenhagen on the island of Zealand is made for walkers with Europe’s longest street and the beautiful Tivoli Gardens. Gimme Gimme Gimme!