The Water of Life
Drive through Finland in the summer and you’ll find two colours dominating the scenery: green and blue. The forested landscape is dotted with patches of water – or, in some areas, vice versa – so numerous they have earned Finland the nickname “the land of the thousand lakes”.
In fact, the moniker is an understatement, as there are a total of 188 000 lakes in Finland. From the metropolitan area around Helsinki all the way up to Inari in Lapland, Finland is filled with oases of the clean blue.
Finns feel certain closeness to the element of water, and it is a source of livelihood for many. Lakeland in Eastern Finland is where Saimaa, the country’s greatest lake, is situated. It is home to the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most endangered species in the world, and nestles several cities on its shores.
Lakeside cottage – the Finnish getaway
In the summer, Finns retreat to lakeside cottages. Holidays are spent with friends and families away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Boating, canoeing, fishing, barbecuing and the inevitable sauna and swimming are standard things to do while unwinding at the lake.
In the winter, frozen lakes work as ice skating or snowmobile tracks. Ice fishing is also a popular activity, especially when the sun comes out in the spring. For those looking for a more extreme experience, dipping in a hole in the ice might just tickle your fancy.
A precious resource
Clean water is something Finns have always taken for granted. In today’s world, it is getting increasingly scarce and Finns appreciate their privileged position. Protecting waters is a national concern and a cause that crosses party boundaries on a governmental level.
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.