2. Rovaniemi/Ranua, Finish Lapland

Lapland is a magical place in winter, complete with reindeer sleigh rides and stunning Aurora Borealis aerial displays that illuminate the sky in hues of orange, purple, red, yellow and green. Ranua is a peaceful place lacking the thousands of tourists who come in search of elves and Santa's home, ideal for spending Christmas with new friends. But go in summer to avoid the crowds and when it is majestic in its verdant beauty.