Finland for You - Something for everyone!
No matter what
your interests are or who you are travelling with, there is something for you in
Finland. Nature and wildlife lovers are particularly spoilt for
choice, but there is also a lot to do for families, couples, groups, thrill seekers, cyclists,
fishermen and those interested in culture, history, architecture or
for Nature and Wildlife Lovers
Finland is a heaven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. 69% of
Finland is covered by forests, while 10% of the country is covered by lakes.
There are over 30 National Parks, 20 Nature Reserves and many
more areas of untouched wilderness, where you can go hiking or picking
wild berries or mushrooms. Many national parks have areas for lighting campfires for basic
cooking and coffee, while Everyman's
you to fully enjoy the nature, as long as you don't cause damage or disturb
others. The undisturbed forests and lakes together with abundance of food
have enabled many endangered and rare species to thrive in Finland. Wildlife
such as Saimaa ringed seals, flying squirrels, brown bears, wolves, moose, reindeers, lynx, wolverines and
as owls, woodpeckers, grouse, arctic waders, taiga bean geese, cranes, golden
and white-tailed eagles
and whooper swans are still spotted regularly.
Finland is great for visitors
of all ages. Crime is practically unknown and lack of traffic makes it
easy to travel by foot or bicycle. As a rule, the Finns are child-friendly and
many attractions offer good child discounts or 'Family Tickets', that
offer great value for money! Restaurants and museums often have a play
area. In winter, children will enjoy building snowmen, skiing, tobogganing,
snowboarding and ice-skating or joining a snowmobile, reindeer or
husky safari. In summer, children will enjoy animal, water and amusement
parks, while they are also encouraged to use their own imagination playing on the beaches, lake shores and woods.
The Finnish nature
is full of romance.
Enjoy being together in your very own cabin hideaway
amidst the woods, far away from crowds and your
normal day-to-day lives. Cabins offer great comfort and those
by one of the many lakes offer amazing pink and orange sunsets for you to admire
snuggling in your cosy cabin, it is worth exploring the many Finnish ski
resorts, where you can try new activities together or join a
safari. Shopping opportunities, restaurants and lively bars can be found in all larger towns
and ski resorts, particularly during the ski season.
Groups can stay in one large cabin or a
few smaller cabins located near to each other. Holiday villages and ski
resorts offer social atmosphere and plenty of activities to join in. In
winter, you could get together for a snowmobile,
husky or reindeer safari, while at all other times, try river
rafting, canoeing, fishing, golf, quad-biking, horse-riding or mountain biking.
All equipment can normally be rented locally from ski resorts or from local safari
organisers. The larger ski resorts, particularly in Lapland, are also great
places for meeting people from all around the world and for enjoying lively
nightlife centered around the resort bars and nightclubs.
for Thrill Seekers
Finland is a country of extreme sports and if you like your activities
fast and furious, look no further! In winter, try snowboarding, alpine or
downhill skiing, horse-riding along snowy tracks, ice-skating on iced up
lakes, rock climbing on snowy and icy slopes or snowmobiling through woods
and frozen lakes. At all other times, try river rafting, canoeing, mountain or
quad biking, go-carting down a dry ski slope, mountain horse-riding, motor biking,
motor boating, jet skiing, windsurfing, hot air ballooning or water-skiing! Some
cabin owners and villages lend or rent equipment, but the widest choice can be
found in ski resorts or from local activity organisers.
Finland offers cycling with a difference. The Lakeland Archipelago offers
breathtakingly beautiful scenery for cycling amongst the many lakes and islands,
Lapland has wild fells ideal for mountain biking amongst reindeers
and Turku Archipelago (South) has unique cycling routes from one island to
another via bridges and small ferries, that sail between the tiny
islands. Cycling in Finland is particularly pleasant also because there is little traffic
and you will often have the roads to yourself! Good cycle lanes are
also often provided, even through larger towns, and you will find that walkways
are often divided into two lanes, one for pedestrians and the other for
cyclists. The easiest cycling is in the flat Western region and on the
Southern Western islands, whereas the Lakeland and Lapland regions are more hilly.
Finland is the fisherman's
paradise. Over 188,000 lakes, the long coastline and numerous rivers and rapids
offer plenty of opportunities for catching perch, pike, grayling, salmon,
pikeperch, whitefish, arctic char, trout and burbot. Fishing in the light of
the Midnight Sun or ice-fishing through a hole on ice can be an exhilarating
experience! Local fishing guides can be hired for assistance or
you can fish by yourself, but if you are going to use equipment other than a rod
and line, you will need to arrange a fishing
for Those Interested in Culture, History or Architecture
You can see Finnish
culture everywhere, but if you want to dig in deeper, visit museums
and nature centres, that often have multimedia exhibitions to keep even the younger
visitors interested. In Lapland, you can learn about the indigenous Sami
people and their culture, history and customs in museums such as Siida
in Inari. In Lakeland, Savonlinna Opera Festival is the highlight of the summer
for many opera lovers worldwide, while the medieval Olavinlinna Castle where
the festival is staged, offers guided tours depicting the
colourful history of Finland under the Swedish and Russian powers. For
architecture, look for buildings designed by Alvar Aalto, the great Finnish
architect, for example in Jyväskylä (Lakeland), Alajärvi (West) or Helsinki (South).
for Those Interested in Religion
85% of Finns follow the Lutheran religion, while 1% live by the Finnish Orthodox
religion. Beautiful churches can be visited anywhere, but it is the Orthodox culture and the places of worship, that many
visitors come to see and it is easy to see why. The
centre of Finnish Orthodox religion in Finland is Valamo
that offers beautiful churches with extremely decorative paintings and
objects. You can visit the monastery and learn more about this fascinating
religion from the resident monks.
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