Our top 10 reasons to visit Finland
Welcome to Finland, the happiest country in the world! Pure nature, wonderful natural phenomena, cleanest air in the world – Finland has it all.
Be sure to include a Finnish sauna, delicious local cuisine and a visit to Santa Claus Village on your bucket list. As Finland has four beautiful, distinct seasons, each with unique things to experience, you might want to plan more than one trip to Finland. There are at least hundreds of reasons to travel to Finland. We introduce 10 of them.
Finland has four distinct seasons to admire. Summer is the time of white nights when everything around you bathe in the beautiful bright light. Finns love to spend their summer holidays outside hiking, biking, paddling or just laying on a pier reading a book. When the days get shorter and we move towards autumn, Finnish nature gets dressed in its best glory: the colour palette shines in the gorgeous tones of red, yellow, orange, purple, green and brown.
Finland has long and crispy winters with wonderful snowscapes. Enjoy this magical time by cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Spring, on the contrary, is the shortest season in Finland and the time when all the snow starts melting away and flora and fauna return.
The sauna experience is at the core of Finnish culture. The magic and enchantment of the whole thing is that the sauna cleanses you both physically and mentally. Sauna is all about utter relaxation and after the purifying steam, life becomes simpler, clearer and lighter.
Try the addictive combo of a hot Finnish sauna and a dip in the lake or the Baltic Sea to cool off. In the winter, dipping your body into the freezing lake or sea is both horrible and fantastic at the same time. When you step out of the water, you’ll feel like a thousand small thin needles are tingling on your skin. After that, you feel warm, relaxed and refreshed.
Witnessing the northern lights, Aurora Borealis, or fox fires (the direct translation of the Finnish word Revontulet) is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Finnish Lapland is one of the best places to spot and admire the northern lights that paint the sky with stunning and magical shades of green, turquoise, ultraviolet, pink and light blue. The further you go up north, the better your chances of spotting them. The aurora season in Finnish Lapland spans from the last days of August to early March.
Finns love to escape the hustle and bustle of the city into nature to their leisure homes – cabins by a lake. Rent a cabin to experience the Finnish lifestyle and cottage culture, with fresh air and tranquillity as absolute luxuries. Cool down by swimming, slide to the scenery with a rowing boat and try fishing with a traditional rod and line or a spinning rod.
Walk, hike and enjoy the peace in one of Finland’s many national parks. Breathe in the cleanest air of the world and drink crystal clear water from a cold fell stream. You can find altogether 40 national parks in Finland and they are scattered around Finland’s long and beautiful country. Explore, for example, the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Lapland, the Oulanka National Park in Kuusamo and Nuuksio in the capital area in Southern Finland.
Although the exact location of his private retreat in Korvatunturi, Lapland, is unknown, his official hometown is Rovaniemi, where he greets visitors all year round. Santa Claus Village is located right on the border of the Arctic Circle. You will find plenty of atmospheric restaurants, cafes and gift shops as well as Finnish design inside the Village’s cute wooden buildings. And what is the best, you can even spend a night in this charming Christmas atmosphere!
Finnish summer speciality is the fascinating natural phenomenon called Midnight Sun, which means that inside the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set beneath the horizon from May to August. The purely magical moment is when the sun tries to set, and it paints the horizon from red to yellow and pink to purple. Climb somewhere high where the landscape opens wide to experience this wonderful moment.
If you want to experience something unique, visit Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival, which brings together famous and rising directors and international audiences in the charming surroundings of everlasting sunlight.
Huskies and reindeer
In the snowy winter wonderland of Lapland, what would be a better thing to do than enjoy the speed and thrill of a husky safari? Ride through gorgeous snowscapes in a sled pulled by active and happy huskies. In the summertime, you can spend a day working with huskies or go hiking with them.
Sámi people in the Northern Lapland have a long connection with reindeer. First reindeer were hunted, then domesticated and herded. That is why there actually are no wild reindeer in Finnish Lapland, all of them belong to someone even though they are able to wander freely. Visit a Finnish reindeer farm to learn more about these magical animals. Go on a reindeer sleigh ride, walk the reindeer or try reindeer yoga!
Finnish design is famous for its minimalism, simplicity and functionality. The inspiration for design derives often from the surrounding forest, arctic nature and seasonal changes. Discover the history of the Finnish art industry in the internationally recognized Design Museum and visit the artistic Fiskars Village to familiarise yourself with local handicrafts and design. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Finnish design stores Marimekko, Iittala and Artek.
The happiest people on the Planet
Finland is number one when it comes to happiness. It has a lot to do with the lifestyle of the Finns: going outdoors and spending time in nature and the wilderness is a significant part of many Finnish people's lives. In addition, people in Finland trust each other and feel secure and safe in their home country.
Finns also trust public officials and the government. The education system is one of the fairest in the world and the health care system is universal, which leads to more equal opportunities.
When visiting Finland, you’ll shortly notice that Finns greet you with warmth and hospitality and do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible.