Charming accommodation, cafés and more in Lakeland

Travel 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”.

Water is a very important element for the Finns and taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity. Here, not only the homes, but also millions of saunas and cozy cottages are located close to the water.

Lakeland is also the home of charming and historical towns, many easily accessible by train.

Here’s a tour of some of the best places to eat, drink and sleep around the blue landscapes of Finnish Lakeland.