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Finland Holidays

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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.

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Finland Holidays Ideas

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.

From our initial enquiry right through to a courtesy call upon our return we received nothing but excellent advice, great communications and completely honest responses to all of our questions. Our holiday to Finland was amazing!

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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

View up a street adorned with bunting towards the Helsinki Cathedral in Finland's capital

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.  

View from the glass domes towards the sky and snow covered valley from Golden Crown in Finnish Lapland

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

Brown bear peering into the camera in the woods in Finland

Bear Watching

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.

A group of people outside a sauna on the edge of a lake in Finland

Sauna Culture

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. It this country of 5.5 million inhabitants, it is estimated that there are between 2 and 3 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.

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Wonderful Places to stay in Finland

Exterior of Arctic Treehouse in Finnish Lapland during winter

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

The Grand Designs of Lapland holiday accommodation, each private suite, with its exclusive Scandinavian design, includes a glass feature wall providing unlimited views of the glittering forest and winter skies.

Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

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Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos

The glass igloos here are far enough from the light pollution of the city to enjoy fabulous displays of the magical Aurora Borealis. The Snow Hotel built each year offers guests the chance to spend a night on a bed of ice.

Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

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Aerial view of the glass igloos at Aurora Village in Finnish Lapland in winter

Aurora Village

At this secluded and elegant retreat, 25 glass cabins are tucked away in the Lappish wilderness, high above the Arctic Circle where wild reindeer wildly roam in the surrounding woodlands.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Log cabin at Muotka Wilderness Hotel in Winter

Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Set amidst the forested feels of Finland, this charming retreat is perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway. Enjoy wholesome, locally-sourced food, cooked to perfection.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Javri Lodge

Locals Juha and Katja Mehtajarv opened this exquisite adult-only lodge in 2016. It's the perfect place for couples seeking luxurious isolation and the very highest of standards in hospitality.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Living room at Arctic Light Hotel in Finland

Arctic Light Hotel

This stylish and urban hotel is housed in the former Rovaniemi City Hall building in the centre of Lapland's capital. Each one of the hotel’s 57 guest rooms and suites is individually designed around an arctic theme.

Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

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Nellim Wilderness Hotel main building with northern lights above it

Nellim Wilderness Lodge

Warm, welcoming and wonderful - adventures of a lifetime await at this well established resort that provides an extraordinary range of accommodation including log cabins and Aurora bubbles.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Levin Iglut Glass Igloos

These luxurious and spacious glass igloos are located just 5km from Finland's largest ski resort. Hit the slopes during the day and enjoy aurora displays from the comfort of your very own bed after dark.

Levi, Finnish Lapland

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Inari Wilderness Hotel Area

Wilderness Hotel Inari

From log cabins and glass-roof domes to spacious wilderness hotel rooms, there is a great deal of choice in accommodation at this exceptional resort found perched on the edge of Lake Inari.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Glamping dome on Lake Torasseppi in Finnish Lapland during winter

Lake Torassieppi Glamping Domes

Kick back and relax at the first official glamping destination in Northern Europe. The Pietikäinen family ­built the domes alongside their log cabin village on the site of an old reindeer farm.

Muonio, Finnish Lapland

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Paishill Private Lodge

The Henriksson family, who own and manage Paishill, strongly believe the lodge should honour the beauty of the surrounding nature and respect the fragile environment in which it is located.

Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland

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Star Arctic

Every part of this beautiful hotel, from reception and restaurant to the 40 suites and cabins in their own space, offers breathtaking views of Arctic lakes, mountains and forests.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Hotel St. George

Helsinki's finest five star hotel, set in a former printing house that dates back to 1840. Hotel St George captures the city’s love of style, art and culture.

Helsinki, Finland

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Arctic Fox Igloo, winter in Finnish Lapland

Arctic Fox Igloos

Deep in the Finnish Lapland, 20 glass igloos can be found perched on the shores of the Lake Ranuanjärvi offering a phenomenal opportunity to witness the Aurora Borealis.

Ranua, Finnish Lapland

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Ounasvaaran Lakituvat

Perfect for families and groups, these cosy log cabin-style chalets are located in the heart of Lapland's capital

Rovaniemi, Finland

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Wilderness Hotel Nangu

Situated on the shores of Lake Inari, the cosy cabins at Wilderness Hotel Nangu offer both comfortable, rustic interiors and spectacular views of the wilderness beyond.

Inari, Finland

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Villa Cone Beach in Finland covered in snow in winter

Villa Cone Beach

Set in splendid isolation, surrounded by the wilderness, experience complete privacy, peace and quiet during a stay at this exquisite turreted manor house in East Finland.

Kuhmo, Finland

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The bedroom at the Eagle View Suite, Hotelli Iso-Syöte, Finnish Lapland

Hotelli Iso-Syöte

Set deep in Southern Finland, Hotelli Iso-Syöte offers heart-stopping views of the surrounding hinterland. The boutique hotel has a variety of accommodations ranging from beautifully designed rooms and experience suites to spacious cottages.

Kuusamo, Finnish Lapland

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Lilla Roberts

A fabulous Art Deco-style boutique hotel, in the heart of Finland's capital city.

Helsinki, Finland

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Finland in Pictures

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Team of huskies, Finnish Lapland
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St John's Church, Helsinki
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Brown bears
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Iso Syote hut, Finnish Lapland
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Boating, Lake Summanen
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Northern Lights, Lakelands

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