Peace and calm – discover Finnish wellbeing and travel slow
Sauna, a walk in a forest, and pure, clean food from Finland’s arctic nature are all you need to unwind from the stress of modern life. Is there a better reason to go on a holiday than to improve wellbeing?
With just a few tasty ingredients gathered from the pristine Finnish nature, you can transform yourself into a new person during your stay. The recipe? A pinch of Finnish sauna, a spoonful of traditional treatments, wild food for serving and light activities to taste.
Finland is your retreat and this is Finnish wellbeing – slow travel in its purest form.
Finnish wellbeing comes from nature
The traditions of Finnish lifestyle go back hundreds of years. 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, hiking in summer, cross-country skiing in winter, or simply a gentle walk in the woods. One could even say that Finnish people knew mindfulness and slow travel before they became global megatrends. Finns often flock to their countryside cottages, whether it be summer or winter, and the simple step of heating the sauna is the beginning of a perfect (digital) detox.
Walking in Finnish nature not only refreshes and relaxes the brain, but also frees the spirit. Spending time in the forest regularly is proven to lower blood pressure, detox your body and improve your overall mood. Try forest bathing with a guide – or how about forest yoga? Another great way to gently enjoy the outdoors is to go Nordic walking. Yes, grab those poles and head out to nature. It’s good for you!
Finnish wellbeing comes from sauna
If you want to understand Finland and its people, getting familiar with sauna is a good starting point. Sauna is such a big part of Finnish culture it can’t be compared to anything else. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing. Sauna is a way of life in Finland – toddlers take their first turns in sauna at only a few months old, and from then on, never stop.
For visitors, going into a Finnish sauna may seem intimidating at first. What’s the dress code? How hot is it? What do you do in the sauna? There’s no need to worry – Finns are easy-going when is comes to this age-old tradition. In fact, getting invited to a sauna is an honor in Finland and sauna is good for everyone. The most important thing is to relax, socialize, have a couple of drinks and enjoy the blissful post-sauna feeling of having cleaned both your body and your mind.
Finnish wellbeing comes from tradition
Sauna, cottage life and spending time in nature – these are some of the Finnish wellbeing traditions that run deep in our heritage. In fact, Finnish culture is a mix of extremes, like East and West, modern and traditional, high-tech and logged off (no technology in the sauna!). These positive extremes are also visible in the Finnish nature: winter and summer, dark and light, warm and cold.
Each Finnish region has its own unique history and traditions, but the close relationship to nature is what connects it all. Sauna infused by refreshing herbs, pure and clean Arctic food, fresh fish, local berries and mushrooms as superfoods, and traditional treatments are ways in which Finns themselves relax – and we recommend you should as well.
Finnish wellbeing comes from food
Finland is a country of long, white winters and short, but oh-so-sweet summers. The white summer nights ripen vegetables, fruits and berries making them uniquely tasty. Even though Finnish berries and fruits are smaller than average, they are packed with sweet flavours, healthy vitamins and flavonoids. Finns scour the vast forests for these delicious treasures, as well as the tasty mushrooms and fresh wild herbs.
The pièce de résistance regarding Finnish food products is the surprising fact that they are often completely free of charge and have grown in the wild. Everyman’s rights in the country’s forests guarantees that you are allowed to pick almost anything your heart and mouth desires. Some of the ‘must-taste’ items in Finland include antioxidant rich bilberries, mineral filled mushrooms, vitamin E bursting lingonberries, exotic cloudberries, as well as fresh summer potatoes and local fish.
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