Visit Finland- there’s something pure in the Finnish air and a spirit that’s incredibly vital and exciting. It’s an invitation to get out and active year-round.
A post-sauna dip in an ice hole under the majestic aurora borealis (Northern Lights), after whooshing across the snow behind a team of huskies, isn’t a typical winter’s day just anywhere. And canoeing or hiking under the midnight sun through pine forests populated by wolves and bears isn’t your typical tanning-oil summer either.
Although socially and economically in the vanguard of nations, large parts of Finland remain gloriously remote; trendsetting modern Helsinki is counterbalanced by vast forested wildernesses elsewhere.
Nordic peace in lakeside cottages, summer sunshine on beer terraces, avant-garde design, and cafes warm with baking aromas are other facets of Suomi (Finnish) seduction. As are the independent, loyal, warm and welcoming Finns, who tend to do their own thing and are much the better for it.
Sights of Finland
Though Helsinki can seem like a younger sibling compared to other Nordic capitals, it’s the one that went to art school, scorns pop music, is working in a cutting-edge design studio and hangs out with friends who like black and plenty of piercings.
The city’s design shops are legendary and its music and pub scene kicking. On the other hand, much of what is lovable in Helsinki is older: its understated yet glorious art nouveau buildings, the spacious elegance of its centenarian cafes, and the careful preservation of Finnish heritage in its dozens of museums.
Sledding & Snowmobiling, Lapland
Snowmobiling is a popular hobby in Finland – it’s also maybe the most traditional way of transportation on Lapland’s wilderness areas. The variety of snowmobile services go from a short beginner’s rides to long distance safaris of many hours.
Sámi Culture, Inari
Sámi culture is part of Inari´s multicultural heritage. The Sámi are an indigenous people with their own colorful culture, language, identity and history. They are the only indigenous people within the European Union, spread across Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland.
Inari is the best and most affordable way of exploring the arctic, even if you don’t happen to see the Northern Lights. You can take part in everything from husky safaris and reindeer sleigh tours, to river cruises and ice-fishing trips.
Traditional Sauna, Kuopio
These days most Finns have saunas at home, but there are still a few of the old public ones left. They smell of old pine, tar shampoo and long tradition, with birch whisks and no-nonsense scrubdowns available as extras.
Weathered Finnish faces cool down on the street outside, loins wrapped in a towel and hand wrapped around a cold beer. Kuopio’s old-style smoke sauna takes a day to prepare and offers a memorable rural experience, with a cooling-off lake to jump into right alongside.
The district occupies most of the central and East Finland and is bounded to the south by the Salpausselkä Ridges. These ridges are terminal moraines, which trap networks of thousands of lakes separated by hilly forested countryside.
Cycling, Åland Archipelago
Charming Åland is best explored by bicycle: you’ll appreciate its understated attractions all the more if you’ve used pedal-power to reach them. Bridges and ferries link many of its 6000 islands, and well-signposted routes take you off ‘main roads’ down winding lanes and forestry tracks.
Set aside your bicycle whenever the mood takes you, to pick wild strawberries, wander castle ruins, sunbathe on a slab of red granite, visit a medieval church, quench your thirst at a cider orchard, or climb a lookout tower to gaze at the sea.
Bear-Watching, Eastern Finland
Best time to see bears in Finland
Bear watching in Finland takes place during the summer, from May to September, when the bears have finished hibernating and are busy feeding. The first bears emerge in early April (male bears wake up first), but expect snowy conditions if you come now.
Rauma Old Town
The largest wooden Old Town in the Nordic countries, Vanha Rauma deserves its Unesco World Heritage status. Its 600 houses might be museum pieces, but they also form a living centre: residents
tend their flower boxes and chat to neighbours, while visitors meander in and out of the low-key cafes, shops, museums and artisans’ workshops.
Bicycle Finland is largely flat and as bicycle-friendly as any country you’ll find, withmany kilometres of bike paths.
Distances may be a drawback, but bikes can be taken onmost trains, buses and ferries.
Bus This is the main form of long-distance transport, especially in remote areas. There are two types of intercity bus service: vakiovuoro (regular), which stops frequently at towns and villages; and pikavuoro (express).
Train Finnish trains are run by Valtion Rautatiet and offer a fast, efficient service, with prices roughly
equivalent to buses on the same route
For your next trip to Scandinavia, consider flying to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL). If you plan to explore above the Arctic Circle, it’s best to catch one of the flights to Finland that land at Rovaniemi Airport (RVN).
When to go to Finland
Everlasting daylight and countless festivals.
Attractions and lodgings are open.
Hotels are cheaper.
Short, cool or cold days.
Outside the cities, most attractions are closed.
December to April is busy for winter sports; September is busy in northern hiking areas.
Official Language– Finnish, Sweden
Population– 5.3 million
Helsinki delights travelers with its sea-facing landscape, diverse architecture, world-famous design, and Nordic cuisine. Finland’s capital is compact enough to explore on foot, and many reputable hotels are in the center of the action.
There’s plenty to do, see, and explore in the Finnish capital. The city is a hotspot for design and architecture, and its aesthetically pleasing, vibrant neighborhoods (like its Design District) are a major draw for many visitors. Similarly, architecture lovers will enjoy Helsinki’s clean and minimalist style.
The city is located on the tip of a peninsula, with over 300 surrounding islands. During the summer, the water is really blue and the grass is really green, and you will constantly be questioning how and why nobody ever told you that Helsinki was so gorgeous.
Visit Finland-Incredible scenery, unspoiled nature and a relatively liberal, modern political system are all positive attributes of Finland.
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