Lapland is full of surprises, including a period of three months where 24-hour sunlight takes over from the dark winter nights. You'll find towns and popular ski resorts right near the tranquil wilderness. Renowned attractions for the area include the aurora borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights. This surreal sight is an experience of a lifetime for guests to Finland and the Lapland region offers one of the best views of the natural phenomenon. Visiting Lapland during the midnight sun period, with 24-hour sunlight, is a huge contrast to visiting in winter. Events take place during this time to make the most of the magical midnight surroundings. Skiing is a popular activity in the region, and you'll find family-friendly as well as more advanced. You can also see the snowy sights on a ride with either huskies or reindeer. Lapland is also home to the Sami – the only indigenous people of the European Union. The Sami people have a strong association with local myths and legends. With around 6,000 Sami people in Finland, they are breaking traditional perceptions with modern influences, including the creation of a rock band known as 'SomBy'. Of course, a trip to Lapland wouldn't be quite complete without a visit to see Santa Claus at his Rovaniemi office.