The word “Scandinavia” evokes many images. Endless fir forests, awe-inspiring fjords, wilderness, but this hardly does justice to the region’s vastness and diversity. Scandinavia is also a region of extreme seasons. Winter in the region thwarts all but the most determined city-break tourist. It’s a winter sports heaven. During summer’s brief lease, the days stretch on and every Scandinavian country explodes in a celebration of light, music, culture, Baltic beachcombing and lakeland fun. This is the time to explore these remote coasts and sleepy islands while running into some midsummer festivals.