Finland tailor-made holidays
Finland is a quiet, laid-back place made up of vast expanses of forests and lakes dotted with small towns. It's also the home of Santa Claus and all the kitsch fun associated with him.
Helsinki, the chic capital, is the place to see Finnish design, take advantage of excellent shopping and enjoy a lively nightlife. Turku, located at the mouth of the Aura River on the south coast is an historic centre and the gateway to a stunning archipelago that stretches into the Baltic Sea. Tampere in the beautiful western Lake District is a popular start point for sailing, salmon fishing and skating; it's also home to the only Lenin museum in the world.
However, people come to experience the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis that play across the Arctic sky. Discover a world of exciting experiences in the fresh, clean Lapland countryside, where activities include skiing, snowmobiling, reindeer or husky safaris and ice golf; a tot of vodka and a proper sauna provide everything you need for total relaxation.
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Where to go in Finland
Covering an area the size of Portugal, Finnish Lapland is a vast area of wilderness, home to Sami reindeer herders and brown bears. A landscape of legendary tales and the dazzling beauty of the Midnight Sun, it's perfect for all the family, romantic breaks and holidays with friends.
Finland is often referred to as 'the land of a thousand lakes', though in reality this number is closer to 180,000. Eastern Finland is the province where the majority of these waterways are concentrated, earning the region the title of Lakeland.
Off the western coast of Finland an archipelago of islands is emerging from the sea at the rate of a centimetre a year. Tectonic pressure is forcing these islands, located near the Finnish town of Vaasa, up from the beneath earth's surface; a phenomenon that has gained them UNESCO World Heritage re…
The Finnish capital, Helsinki, is a real hotchpotch of influences and styles. Historical occupations by Russia and Sweden have left their trace on the city, varying the architectural layout. The Neoclassical architecture of the Lutheran Cathedral on Senate Square, contrasting with the Russian style…
When to go to Finland
"I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know."Tove Jansson Despite its northerly situation, Finland has a fairly mild climate thanks to the warming Gulf Stream and its many lakes, and there are good reasons to visit in any season. The climate is warmest, and the landscapes at their prettiest, during months of June, July and August in southern Finland and Lakeland. August is a holiday month for Finns too, who head in large numbers to the coast and countryside, but even the most popular destinations are hardly crowded. Autumn is visually stunning in the countryside, especially in …
Top itineraries in Finland
Your base for this four-day Santa break in Lapland, Finland is the Harriniva Hotel, a cosy retreat high up in the Arctic Circle, complete with jacuzzis on the riverbank and a private husky farm.
The beautiful scenery of Finnish Lapland is the ideal winter playground for the whole family. Easily reached from the UK, with great accommodation and a wealth of activities, a week in this picturesque region of Scandinavia makes the perfect winter escape.
Travel from Helsinki to St Petersburg by sea without the time-consuming process and expense of applying for a Russian visa. An overnight cruise from the Finnish capital Helsinki arrives in St Petersburg mid morning the following day.
Top places to stay in Finland
An ideal setting for a winter getaway, Harriniva is found on the banks of the picturesque Muonio River, winding through the Finnish Lapland and banked by rich emerald forests
The clear waters of Jerisjärvi transform into a vast icy plain as the annual freeze sets in, and this winter playground awaits each morning as you step out of your timber cabin.
The snow Village consists of a snow hotel, ice restaurant, ice cocktail bar, chapel and galleries of spectacular snow and ice art to explore.
Few other forms of travel offer the same freedom as that of a motorhome. Convenience, flexibility, the option to where you like, when you like, the freedom of the open road - all these things are what make a Scandinavian holiday by motorhome such an appealing option.
Where are the best places to see the Northern Lights? We pick out the best Northern Lights holiday destinations across northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.
Photographing the Northern Lights is a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Here we take a look at the how's, where's, why's and when's to give you the very best chance of returning from your Aurora adventures with a series of pictures to be proud of.
If you want to bask in 24-hour sunlight, follow our guide to the best places to experience the Midnight Sun around the world.
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