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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Fascinating Finland: An Exhilarating Nordic Experience

Finland may have a modern, cosmopolitan capital but most of the destination remains untouched. It has a gloriously other-worldly feel about it and a natural landscape that is truly breathtaking. Visiting in summer and winter offer two vastly different experiences. From Helsinki to Finnish Lapland you’ll experience a country of wild and beautiful contrasts. Are you ready for an exhilarating Nordic Experience?

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Finland In The Winter
Visit Finland in winter for snow-white landscapes, magical dark days and numerous icy activities. In northernmost Finland the sun doesn’t rise for nearly a month, adding to this out-of-this-world experience. The Finns call this period Kaamos. However, by mid-April, there are up to 16 hours of sun a day. In winter you can enjoy everything from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and husky sledding to sleigh riding. Head to Finnish Lapland for the ultimate Nordic winter experience. Here in the wilderness, you’ll see how the nomadic Sami people live and get to witness reindeer in their natural habitat. If you’ve got kids, Santa Claus also happens to be available all year round at his home here! If you want snow, head to northern or eastern Finland in the winter. Here you can experience ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowboarding. And no winter trip would be complete without experiencing a traditional Finnish sauna. The best Finnish sauna experience ends with a plunge into an icy lake to cool off, and then sausages for dinner! You can stay in an ice hotel, an igloo or a log cabin and spend your nights trying to chase the spectacular Northern Lights. Winter in Finland is all about enjoying the outdoors. So wrap up warm and get ready to appreciate the beauty of ice, snow and crisp, fresh air as you enjoy myriad of exhilarating adventures.

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Finland In the Summer
Finland in summer brings the feeling of endless sunny days. In July and August, the sun doesn’t set. Hence why it is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. And the Finns certainly know how to celebrate! The spellbinding natural landscape means that summer celebrates all sorts of outdoor activity. You can swim in the lakes, go cycling across mountain roads, canoe and kayak, and enjoy forest walks and Nordic hiking. Experiencing the Midnight Sun is also one to add to the bucket list. Imagine seeing a day that never seems to end. Finland in the summer brings to life the beautiful wildlife and flowers that lay hidden in the nine months of winter. If you love nature, summer in Finland is perfect for exploring. And if you love fruit picking there is nowhere better to go! The forest floors are covered in all sorts of wild berries; from blueberries to cranberries and bilberries to lingonberries. It’s a great place to take children on a day of foraging. As Finland is known as a winter destination, summer is particularly quiet. For its serenity and calming nature, it also makes for a great escape if you are thinking about a babymoon, as you can do as little or as much as you want. If you love hiking, strolling, cycling and nature, and you want somewhere isolated and serene, Finland is the place to be in the summer months.

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