Finland – Where you’ll find experiences to all your senses
What makes the country of thousands of lakes in the far North a quality holiday destination? What will you find in Finland that you may not come across anywhere else in the world?
There are many reasons to travel to Finland. But what makes the happiest country in the world your top pick when you’re looking for a quality holiday destination? We listed a few special things that you might want to experience once in a lifetime – or perhaps they will keep you coming back!
Feel the calmness and simplicity of life
Are you always in a hurry, surrounded by noise and crowds? In Finland, you won’t be, as you’ll find peace and quiet everywhere you go. Silence, calmness and tranquillity can truly be considered Finnish luxuries. Head to one of the many national parks and stop still just to listen to silence and the sounds of nature: the river rippling, birds singing and the leaves swaying with the wind.
If you wish mother nature to nurture you for a little bit longer, rent a cabin by the lake, leave your phone on silent and enjoy the moment by going swimming, rowing a boat, lying on the pier or just simply staring at a pastel-coloured sunset.
Breathe the cleanest air in the world
When it comes to air quality, Finland is one of the world’s best countries to visit. Take a deep breath and treat your lungs with one of the most valued things on Planet Earth: fresh air, which gives you more energy and helps you sleep better.
As 75% of Finland’s land area is covered by forest, you’ll find fresh air pretty much anywhere in the country. And, if you’re in search of the world’s freshest air, this you’ll find in the stunning Pallas-Yllästunturi national park near Kittilä.
Be amazed by the unique nature experiences
There are four seasons in Finland, and each of them offers something truly magical. Finnish nature dresses in different colours depending on the season: during late spring and early summer, you can experience the most intense shades of greens, while during September-October, the incredible autumn foliage takes over turning everything yellow, red, purple and brown.
Get enchanted by the magical mid-night sun and nightless nights in Lapland during the summer months or experience the stunning northern lights on the dark nights during autumn and winter. In the spring, enjoy the shimmering snow blankets and the best skiing weather over a cup of hot chocolate.
Experience the World’s largest archipelago
Along with thousands of lakes and forests, Finland also has the biggest and most beautiful archipelago in the world. Endless small islands, unique flora and fauna, fresh sea breeze and calmness of the scenery invite you to relax your body and mind.
Discover the archipelago by travelling through the traditional Archipelago Trail near Turku, either by bike or car. Or if you wish to get a glimpse of the sea serenity closer to Helsinki, visit the ecologically built Archipelago Hotel Bärö where the surrounding nature together with activities and services create a calming experience that combines nature and luxury.
Treat your tastebuds with truly local flavours
Finnish cuisine might not be world-famous, but you will definitely find some great food in Finland that utilises local delicacies and simple but tasty ingredients. Explore Åland Islands’s delicious local flavours, get into Lappish atmosphere in Lappi Restaurant in Helsinki or try Mr. Gustav’s innovative creations in Rovaniemi.
Some of the most iconic Finnish foods include creamy salmon soup, reindeer, Karelian pies, “squeaky cheese” (leipäjuusto in Finnish), cinnamon buns, and fresh berries straight from the forest. In fact, one way to unwind in late summer is to take a trip to the nearest forest and pick bilberries – forest blueberries – straight from the bushes.
Get your good night’s sleep in an accommodation like no other
When travelling, a unique accommodation can be half the experience, and you’ll be certain to find the most wonderful options in Finland to make your holiday one to remember. Stay at the iconic glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort near Ivalo or at Levin Iglut near Kittilä, and with a hint of luck admire northern lights while laying on your bed. Or if you’re feeling even more adventurous, why not make the most of your arctic experience by spending a night at a hotel made of snow and ice at Arctic SnowHotel near Rovaniemi or Lapland Hotels SnowVillage near Kittilä.
There are also several fun and extraordinary options for glamping in Finland, whether you are travelling during winter or summer. Nolla offers the world's first carbon-negative glamping cabins when you’re looking for a sustainable yet luxurious option for your stay.
You’ll also find many excellent accommodation options in Helsinki. If you are looking for a more traditional hotel stay, Hotel Kämp built in 1887 is your most classic choice. There you can wake up to a new day right in the heart of Helsinki in utmost comfort.