Winter here starts in November. That does not mean however that life comes to a standstill. But another sort of life starts. It is still daylight for 6-7 hours. Enough time to walk around. Enough snow for skiing or sledding. But not too much so walking and cycling is perfectly easy too.
Finland and Russia in WW2: http://soviet-finland.livejournal.com/ In Russian but at a glance lots of links to Finnish resources, and unique photos only recently made available by the Finnish military.
A series of photos of Far North towns and villages, with a slant towards industry, decay, anthropology, and winter. By Ilya Boyanovsky. Texts are very much worth reading even though they are all in Russian.
Author’s profile in English: www.couchsurfing.org/people/ilya.buyanovsky/