Finland is a hidden gem of a country located far in the north of Europe. And, while it may only be a small country, that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot to do there. The landscapes are mesmerizing, the air quality is among the best in the world, and the winters have to be seen to be believed. If you’ve been considering a trip to Scandinavia in 2018, here are some awesome reasons why you should consider Finland.
Finland is home to a whopping 40 National Parks, so if beautiful scenery is what you are after, Finland is the ideal location. The parks are scattered around forests, lakes and the country’s archipelago and have a number of stunning features like eskers, rift valleys and rapids. With property rental now being popular around the world, you could even choose to stay close to a National Park for the duration of your stay. Just make sure you pack the essentials like blankets, an axe (check out bestsplittingaxe.net), and fire starters so that you’re fully prepared – especially if traveling during the winter.
If you enjoy taking city breaks, Helsinki is the perfect destination. Set next to the seaside, you’ll find the attitude of the city to be really laid back and full of unspoiled nature. Helsinki is home to a number of fantastic events held throughout the year and you’ll find plenty to do, no matter how long you choose to visit. Plus, if you’ve always wanted to visit the island of Valisaari, located just off the Helsinki coast line, you’re in luck as it finally opened to the public in 2017.
The Northern Lights
Finland is one of the best countries in Europe in which to see the Northern Lights. They’re visible for around 200 nights each year in Lapland, and can be seen on most clear nights so long as the sky isn’t being obstructed by light pollution like street lights. Luckily, a number of tour groups now offer Northern Lights tours as well as accommodation, so if this is your main reason for visiting Finland, it’s definitely worth choosing a package that has everything included. One thing is for sure – this is an experience that you will never, ever forget.
Did you know that Santa Claus is real and resides in Finland? Well, now you do. Located in the city of Rovaniemi, Santa Claus is open for visitors every day of the year. Book a visit and you’ll get to visit Santa, have a private talk with him, and feel the true magic of Christmas. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet his reindeer friends! This is a must do for adults and children alike – even if you’re visiting during the summer!
As you can see Finland is a fantastic choice of destination for your next vacation. If you’ve visited the country and enjoyed it, let us know about some of your favourite memories in the comments.