• The Essentials of Cottage Life

  • How often do you fall asleep to the sound of silence or do your morning routines on a private island listening to birds twittering? Finnish Lakeland is cottage paradise.

  • We often don’t realise the amount of noise we’re subjected to in our everyday lives. The feeling of hearing nothing makes you wonder what is going on, as the sound of silence is non-existent in modern life.

  • Long summer nights are best spent at a cottage, enjoying food and drink with family and friends.

  • Don’t forget the vegetables when hitting that barbecuing streak.

  • Fresh natural produce like berries and mushrooms are there for the taking, right outside the average summer cottage. Go foraging and get your goodies straight from the source – day or night.

  • Finns have an inherent yearning for nature. Only five decades ago, most of Finland’s population lived in the countryside and worked in traditional trades connected to their surroundings. These days, towns and cities are the most populous areas and people stay in touch with their rural roots by escaping to cottages and cabins on their time off.

  • There is nothing more Finnish than sauna, a piece of culture that is passed on from generation to generation. Sweating out the stress with regular cooling dips in the lake is the ultimate way to purify both body and mind.

  • The post-sauna feeling in the light-filled summer night is bliss defined.

  • …and the same could be said of the sentiments after a day of skiing in the springtime sunshine.

  • It is safe to say that cottage life is something every Finn grows up with. Whether the residence is owned, borrowed or rented makes no difference. Being out there does.

  • Hearing yourself think in a serene summer night is relaxation in its truest form and the places for experiencing it are getting fewer and fewer. Sitting on a cottage porch or standing on a jetty, just “being there” is quite the spiritual experience.

  • Nowadays, luxury cottages are available throughout the country and are an extremely popular way to spend holidays. However, many prefer a more traditional approach, seeking smaller cabins that offer the bare minimum of amenities and are usually located further off the beaten track.

  • Throw away your clocks, forget about to-do lists and let the endless sunlight recharge your batteries. And of course, enjoy good company.

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The Essentials of 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. Heat up the lakeside sauna in the summer or get snug in front of the fireplace in the winter – rest and revitalisation are guaranteed.

The art of doing nothing

Cottage life in Finland is about appreciating the art of doing nothing – sitting on a jetty dipping your toes in the water beats staring at a computer screen any day of the week.

Good food, a lot of it barbecued, is a central element when residing at the summer retreat. Relaxed parties with friends and family remind what life really is about – having a good time with the most important people in your life.

Doesn’t it get boring?

Well, to each his own – some like action and some like the lack of it. Kids never seem to get tired of frolicking in the water and playing games. Adults spend entire days in hammocks and sunchairs, appreciating the time off work.

Common activities at summer cottages include boating, canoeing, yard games, fishing and the inevitable sauna.

Staying up late admiring the nightless night is an essential experience in the Finnish summer. For a bit of sightseeing, maybe an inland waterway cruise on a comfy little steamboat?

Winter at the cottage is about action

Cottages are great for relaxing in the winter, too, but the snowy landscapes seem to have a nack for calling people to action. Cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and husky and reindeer rides are just some of the activities on offer.

After a day out in the crispy winter air, a sauna is like a little piece of heaven for the body and mind. Followed by a hearty meal, reindeer stew for example, and some quality time in front of the fireplace, the everyday worries suddenly seem insignificant.

The only thing that can top it off is popping outside and watching the Northern Lights dance in the sky right before going to bed.

Silence, Please

In the rush and crush of modern life, the rarities are what we value most, such as space, quiet and time. The space to breathe, a time to dream… you can find these treasures in Finland, where the lakes are many and the people are few.

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