Finland is renowned for its pristine natural landscapes that encompass vast forests and a myriad of lakes. Visitors can encounter the great outdoors on foot, by canoe, or on a dog sledding experience, then enjoy the delights of an authentic wood-fired sauna – a cherished Finnish tradition. Helsinki is a chic metropolis set on the country’s southern tip. It offers cultural treasures, lively markets, a thriving café culture, and architectural marvels including Suomenlinna, a formidable fortress complex built across six islands.
Visit during the festive period to enjoy the country’s magical Christmas markets and witness the mystical Northern Lights. On a family holiday in Finland you can take reindeer-drawn sleigh rides through mesmerising snowscapes and even meet Santa Claus himself in Lapland.
Things to do on a Finland holiday
Witnessing the Northern Lights is an unforgettable part of a Finland holiday. Caused by solar particles colliding with the Earth's atmosphere, the Aurora Borealis is most visible between September and early April. For the best viewing experience, head to the pristine landscapes of northern Finland; choose from a range of accommodation including cosy log cabins and comfy glass igloos.
Finland is home to more than 40 national parks, many with well-marked hiking routes and nature trails. Regardless of the time of year, discovering Finland’s unspoilt forests and lakes on foot is a magical and restorative back-to-nature experience. A thrilling way to explore Finland’s winter landscapes is on a husky safari. Led by your own team of eager huskies, you’ll glide over the ice and snow, through forests and across frozen lakes.
Saunas are a part of everyday life in Finland,offering physical relaxation through improved circulation and detoxification, and psychological wellbeing by providing a space for social connectionand mental rejuvenation. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to try a sauna while on holiday in Finland, either in your hotel or at one of the many public saunas, some of which are in spectacular natural settings.
Finnish cuisine is built around fresh, natural ingredients harvested from the water, fields and forests. Try lohikeitto, a creamy salmon soup with dill, potatoes and chunks of fresh fish, and savoury Karelian pasties, traditionally filled with riceporridge or buttery mashed potatoes – pure comfort food.
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