Finland is a stunning Nordic country in Northern Europe, bordering Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, and Norway to the north. It is defined by the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland from the Baltic Sea through Estonia to the south. Although not normally one of the main European destinations, travelers who want to enjoy a unique vacation should not visit Finland.
What are the reasons why you should visit Finland?
A trip to Finland would not be complete without a visit to its many historic cities. Turku, which was the capital during Swedish rule from the Middle Ages to 1809, is home to Turku Castle and the Aboa Vetus Museum. Helsinki, the current capital, also has several historical sites such as the Suomenlinna Fortress, the National Museum and the Helsinki Cathedral.
Finland is the perfect destination for nature lovers, with its many lakes and easy access to ski resorts. If you’re looking for a place to relax and get away from it all, Finland is definitely worth considering. And with 39 national parks, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. So whether you’re a cyclist, hiker, camper, or just someone who loves being out in nature, Finland offers something for everyone.
If you love to dance to metal music, Finland should be at the top of your travel list. The country has more heavy metal bands per capita than anywhere else in the world. Famous for their live performances in elaborate costumes, these groups draw inspiration from horror movies; think of Lordi, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. Other well-known Finnish metal bands include Nightwish, The Rasmus and Children of Bodom. When it comes to bucket-list experiences, few things can compare to witnessing the magical Northern Lights, especially since they’re visible 200 nights a year! However, keep in mind that viewing them requires a clear night sky with no light pollution.
Finland is an enchanting country that offers a variety of reasons to visit, including delicious food, famous design, sauna culture, winter activities, quiet and peaceful atmosphere, etc. If you haven’t been to Finland yet, add it to your wish list
When is the best time to visit Finland?
The climate in Finland varies from north to south, so the times of the seasons and temperature ranges are not uniform throughout the country.
Although winter has harsh weather conditions, it is still a beautiful season to travel. You can go ice swimming or enjoy a hot sauna to help you unwind during the long, dark days of December.
When the leaves turn red, brown, and yellow in the fall, it’s an explosion of color. It’s a good time to go outside in the countryside, also known as “Ruska”. It is the best time to have a good time in the forests and parks. However, you should keep in mind that the weather is quite rainy during this period and it doesn’t stop until the snowfall begins.
The shortest season in Finland is spring, when the snow begins to melt and nature awakens. People and animals emerge from hibernation and you can hear the birds singing. The weather is still rainy and cold, but people are happy because summer is fast approaching.
Since the sun never sets in the summer, people stay up until dawn and schools are in recess. The sky is only dark for a couple of hours each day. There are also many festivals that take place during this season, such as Ruisrock, Flow festival, and Blockfest. Other activities include enjoying nature hikes or walks, going to saunas or swimming in lakes/river, and barbecuing with friends or family.
Finland’s top attractions
Sleep in a glass igloo
Popularly known as “the land of the midnight sun”, Finnish summers boast endless sunlight, while in winter, completely opposite experiences characterize the weather with long periods of darkness. Although it’s not entirely dark during this time, between twinkling stars and glistening snow, not to mention sightings of the elusive Northern Lights, a magical atmosphere takes over Finland in winter. Be sure to sleep in a glass igloo or cabin for an unparalleled experience under (or rather, on top of) some of nature’s most incredible light shows.
Take a trip to the Lighthouse.
The largest archipelago in the world is located off the Finnish coast, and the island serves as a lighthouse, which can be seen during day trips. Some of them are also available for overnight stays. Bengtskär is a lighthouse on the west coast of Finland that is the tallest in the country in terms of height. From June to August, boats can be taken to see the beautiful island where the light resides. The main town of the island, Gustav Adolfs, is located on the south coast. The lighthouse keepers’ houses are available for overnight stays, which must be booked in advance. If you stay in Helsinki, you must take a boat trip to Söderskär and see for yourself.
World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO
Finland has seven World Heritage Sites, six of which are cultural and one natural. Suomenlinna, Finland’s best-known fortress island in Helsinki, is a unique piece of military architecture. It takes 15 minutes to travel by ferry from Kauppatori to Suomenlinna, the most popular World Heritage Site. Old Rauma, Petäjävesi Old Church, Verla Groundwood & Board Mill, the Bronze Age burial site of Sammallahdenmaiiliik), Struve Geodetic Arc, and High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago are some of the other sites on the list.
In Finland there are 40 national parks and, curiously, the country’s “Rights of all” policy allows anyone to enjoy these spaces as long as they respect nature. Of these national parks, Urho Kekkonen National Park, Koli National Park, Oulanka National Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Archipelago National Park. whitewater rafting is a popular activity, Nuuksio, which is characterized by dense forests and many small lakes, and Nuuksion, which offers visitors stunning views of sea cliffs and rock formations.
The Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun
Most winter nights offer the opportunity to see the northern lights in the northern parts of the county. In contrast, summer brings the midnight sun. This phenomenon is especially pronounced in Kilpisjärvi, where you can ski under the midnight sun or during the darkest day with a guide.
Saunas and lakes provide a relaxing way to unwind.
Did you know that there are 3 million saunas in Finland and Finns use them every week? Some of them even visit the sauna every day! In addition to all those saunas, there are 188,000 lakes. It is interesting to note that cold weather does not prevent people from swimming. So even though it’s freezing outside, the Finns will still punch a hole in the ice and take a dip.