Tune in to the sound of quiet
Space, time, peace and quiet – the four elements modern life lacks. Finland offers a chance for downshifting even in the heart of the city, and untouched nature is never more than half an hour away. Stay at a cottage, enjoy a sauna and listen to birds warbling across the lake. Take in the sound of quiet. Hear yourself think.
Top ways to revive your body and soul Retreat to a cottage by the lake
Finns have an inherent yearning to nature, and escaping to the countryside or wilderness is a national way of relaxing. The half a million cottages of Finland ensure there’s a quiet retreat for every taste.
Witness the Northern Lights
How do the Northern Lights come about? Sámi legend says the fox runs across the night sky, lighting it up with sparks flying from its tail that sweeps the heavens. Despite their reputation of elusiveness, the Northern Lights appear on 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.
Hike and camp just about anywhere
You can hike freely in most parts of the country, as long as you respect nature and other people’s privacy. Check into a camping site by a lake, or set up your own out in the woods. Enjoy the white nights, or in Lapland, the Midnight Sun.
Walk in the wild
Finland’s unspoilt forests and thousands of lakes and islands offer plenty of opportunities for everyone to walk about freely and enjoy unique natural beauty.
Discover the roots of sauna
The sauna is a place of ritual. In the old days, women would give birth in saunas. When a person died, their body would be given a final wash there. It was both an entrance to and an exit out of this world.
Even today, the sauna is not just a hot hut for Finns to clean themselves in. It’s a place to get in tune with your thoughts, do some deep pondering and then wash away your worries. It’s as much about cleaning the mind as it is about cleaning the body.
Cycle the archipelago Åland
A cluster of islands in the Baltic Sea, is an autonomous part of Finland. The Åland archipelago is quite small, making cycling distances manageable for all. Hop from island to island on ferries, and put up your tent on any of the numerous campsites. Get to the archipelago and back by taking a cruise ship from Helsinki or Turku. Or follow the inland waterways and farm landscapes, stopping at some of the country’s best attractions along the way. Finland’s archipelago, including Åland, encompasses around 40 000 islands.
Pick berries and mushrooms
Finnish food comes straight from fields, lakes and forests; taste the wild in Finnish salmon, whitefish and trout; duck and snow grouse; reindeer and elk; blueberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. It’s all wild and good – and good for you.
Soothe yourself in the calm of Lapland
Even Hollywood’s finest special effects experts couldn’t beat Mother Nature in producing the array of soothing moods Lapland is capable of offering in the wintertime: a dusky light and various shades of blue gently veil the seemingly endless expanse of snowy beauty and silence into a mysterious entirety that calms even the hardest of sceptics.
Spend the night in an igloo
Don’t worry; you’ll be given proper equipment. The reindeer skins and blankets provide perfect isolation between your sleeping bag and the ice bed. Marvel at the starry Northern sky right before you tuck in, and enjoy a night you’ll never forget. You can count on a fresh wake-up!
Explore the snowy wild on skis
Strap on your cross-country skis and head out: cruise the forests and stop for coffee and hot chocolate in huts along the way. In midwinter, you’ll be able to follow floodlit trails in and around all cities and towns.