Old Porvoo is one of Finland’s most idyllic districts. The cobbled streets are lined with old, doll-house-like houses and on top of the hill a white stone church looks over the river valley. Wonderful in the summer, magical during wintertime. Only one hour East of Helsinki.
We all have problem pigs in our lives, nasty little things that make us angry, tired or stressed out. But no problem, here’s a perfect retreat. The Finnish winter calms down even the world’s angriest birds, so it will surely work for you too.
Summer is short in Finland and spring is even shorter. In southern Finland there is often snow on the ground at the beginning of April, with a few crocuses poking their heads through the bare patches. Of all the seasons, spring is definitely the most versatile depending which part of Finland you are visiting. In the North it is still possible to go skiing where as South is getting warmer and warmer.
Winter in Finland is cold and dark, but all the white snow makes it extremely beautiful. As snow envelopes the country into a magical place Finns have thought of plenty of activities to fill the time: from downhill or cross-country skiing to dogsled or skimobile safaris, from ice-skating or ice-fishing to downright crazy ice-swimming, the choice is endless – and fun!
Summer ends with an explosion of colour in the forests. This is the season known as ‘ruska’, when the autumnal reds, browns and yellows are especially beautiful on the fells of Lapland. September is also a popular time for trekking in northern Finland.
Because of the long, cold winter Finns celebrate their summer very passionately. Some go to music festivals, others are sailing among the coastal islands or enjoying slow life at their summer cottages. For three brief - but oh, so sweet! - months, the temperatures soar high and the sun does not set at all.
Take a look at the geographical shape of Finland and you’ll see why people call her “The Finnish Maiden”. At the tip of her thumb is the only part of the country where peaks rise 1,000 metres above sea level. Nestled in those peaks you will find a tiny village called Kilpisjärvi, home to roughly a hundred year-round residents.