Winter conditions have finally arrived in Lapland following early winter season concerns that rising temperatures had limited snow falls.

Regions across Finland including Inari, Levi and Rovaniemi have now received heavy snowfall, with depths of 21cm reported in Rovaniemi, 31cm in Levi and Ylläs and 26cm in Kuusamo.

Sanna Karkkainen, CEO of Visit Rovaniemi, said: “Recent dashing snowfalls this weekend in Lapland means the festive season is now in full swing and we welcome the world to the home of Santa Claus to enjoy a wonderful white Christmas.

“While the weather can often be unpredictable we knew snow was on its way and it was only a matter of time before we’d start to experience Finland’s spectacular traditional winter landscape.

“We can now look forward to a long and snow filled few months here in Rovaniemi.”

Visit Finland executive director Paavo Virkkunen added: “With the snow forecast to be at its deepest in mid-March and with much of Lapland blanketed until mid-April, we will continue to welcome visitors to experience the magic of a Finnish winter in Lapland long into 2019.”

Visitors can enjoy snow activities, from alpine skiing to husky and reindeer safaris, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

More adventurous travellers can climb frozen waterfalls, dive under frozen lakes or undertake an Arctic wilderness survival camp.