The Essentials of (Summer) Cottage Life

The cottage is an institution in Finland. In the holiday seasons, Finns flock to the countryside for quietness and relaxation at cosy hideouts.

Often situated by water or fells, cabins and cottages are an essential element in Finnish life that provide a physical and mental getaway from the daily grind.

Forgetting the everyday worries is inevitable in retreats amid the country’s greatest resource: its rugged natural beauty.

– For me, going to the cottage is an essential part of every vacation. Only there I can feel totally relaxed, says Kata Juurikkala, a young woman from southern Finland. She spends her holidays at her grandmother’s cottage in Finnish Lakeland.

– It’s all about being close to my family and friends. What I’m actually doing there is secondary.


The summer isn’t endless in Finland, but there are almost endless summer days. On a fine summer day, Finns have an overwhelming urge to go outside and get out of town.