A fairy-tale realm for flora, fauna and folklore, Finland’s 22 billion trees make it one of the most densely forested places on Earth. Breathe green air on hikes, forage from nature’s bountiful larder and sled, ski or snowshoe through a frozen wonderland where only the whispers of swaying boughs can be heard.
Whether you're looking to head deep into the snowy Lappish wilderness or prefer to discover life under the midnight sun, we can organise an itinerary in Finland to suit you. Below you'll find a selection of our favourite holiday ideas for inspiration.
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Firm believers in ‘jokamiehenoikeus’ – a freedom to roam – Finns treat the outdoors like their own front room. Multiple walking trails wind around silver-streaked tree trunks veiled by lichen, leading to swimmable, pristine lakes and secluded hides set up for the viewing of wolverines and brown bears.
Here, the seasons are crisply distinct. In autumn – or ‘ruska’ – treetops blaze russet and auburn, mosses smoulder like embers, and dining tables are piled high with mushrooms and berries. And as dark nights take their grip, landscapes glow brilliant white, while reliably cloud-free skies dance with swirls of northern lights.
Even in easy-going capital city Helsinki, art and design is shaped by the wilderness and a thriving sauna culture provides an opportunity to connect with people and place. Inhale the scent of burning wood, relax muscles in soothing heat and share in storytelling sessions as never-ending as those stretches of pine, beech and fir.
Highlights of Finland
Helsinki City Breaks
Finland’s elegant capital is bursting with culture. Like other Scandinavian cities it thrives around the clock, offering countless possibilities for sightseers and bon vivants alike. By day admire Helsinki’s grand classical architecture or shop in the world-famous design district. By night visit the opera or sample some of capital’s numerous bars and bustling night cafes. No trip to Helsinki would be complete without a relaxing proper Finnish sauna, followed by a cold Lapin Kulta beer.
Glass Igloos & Domes
For aurora hunters desperate to catch a glimpse of the celestial light show but not so keen on enduring the freezing winter temperatures, Finnish Lapland offers the perfect solution. Igloo villages are scattered throughout the north of the country. With entire roofs made of heated glass, lucky guests can watch bright green shimmering ribbons from the comfort of their very own bed. From the luxurious Golden Crown in Levi to the family-friendly Arctic Snow Village in Rovaniemi, get in touch to find out more
Bears hold a revered mythical status in Finnish folklore. In the densely forested region of Finland’s eastern borderlands, broken up by tumbling rivers and glistening lakes, wild bears along with wolverines, wolves, elks and reindeer inhabit the pristine and beautiful wilderness. In the Wild Taiga area, between 1,500-2,000 bears live within the lush vegetation. Embark on a bear watching excursion to catch of glimpse of these remarkable creatures, best sighted between May and September when they have finished hibernating and are busy feeding in the berry-filled swamps.
Whilst saunas are popular all over the world, in Finland they have become a national necessity entwined within the very roots of the country’s culture. In this country of 5.5 million inhabitants, it is estimated that there are between two and three million saunas. Historically significant as sites linked to birth and death, the modern weekly sauna tradition now represents a chance to relax and connect with family and friends whilst sinking into physical and spiritual cleansing.