Finland's fusion of wild beauty, contemporary design and culinary excellence is a beguiling mix. Throw in winter magic and irresistible summers, and you've one cool country.
Finland isn't just vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Vibrant cities stock the country's southern areas,
Headlined by the capital, Helsinki, an electrifying urban space with world-renowned design and music scenes. Embraced by the Baltic, it’s a spectacular ensemble of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and stylish and quirky bars.
And the ‘new Suomi’ epicurean scene is flourishing, with locally foraged flavours to the fore. Beyond Helsinki, Tampere and Turku in particular are lively, engaging cities with spirited university-student populations.
One of the most remarkable features of Finland is light. When the endless sunshine of summer gives way to dark winter, the Northern Lights appear like magic and lighten up the sky.
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Seeing the Northern Lights requires sufficient darkness and clear skies, which makes late autumn, the winter and early spring (September to March) the most favourable times. The best time of day is an hour or two before and after midnight. The display might last 20 seconds or go on for hours.
How do the Northern Lights come about? Sami legend says a Fox runs across the Arctic fells and lights up the sky with sparks flying from its tail, whirling up the snow.
The modern Finnish term “revontulet”, the fox’s fires, derives from this myth. A scientist’s explanation to the phenomenon would be something like “the solar wind sends charged particles towards the Earth, and upon colliding with its atmosphere they produce energy given off as light
AURORA BOREALIS – ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OR OBSESSION-FOREVER? The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.
The white summer nights are perhaps Finland’s most iconic natural phenomena. The nighttime sun is at its strongest during the months of June and July but the further north you go, the longer and higher the sun stays above the horizon
Ride a ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress, explore the Museum, a UNESCO-listed monument
Go for a relaxing time at Helsinki’s oldest public Sauna, symbolises the Finnish Culture
Witness the Northern Lights, regarded as nature’s most spectacular show, can be seen playing on the Arctic sky
Take a Husky/Reindeer Safari, explore the frozen wilderness & soak up a bit of the peculiar local culture