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.
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.