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Finland

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Finland tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Vibrant, design-conscious Finland is one of Northern Europe’s true gems, a year-round destination full of mountains, lakes and forests where a well-stoked sauna is the cure to all ills.

Winter has a particularly special charm here.The locals barely take their skis off for months though they’re far from the only method of scooting across the snow.

Places such as Harriniva offer a range of activities designed to take you into the heart of Finland’s winter wonderland: snowmobiles, dogsleds, reindeer and snowshoes are all there for the taking. And, although you’re high in the Arctic Circle, this wilderness hotel comes with homely comforts including a spa and outdoor hot tubs. For a touch of the unique, look to likes of Levi’s glass igloos, which come with panoramic views of the Lappish landscape and private displays of the Northern Lights in the skies overhead, while wilderness lodges abound at Muotkan Maja and remote Nellim.

In summer, the capital Helsinki comes to life; its Art Nouveau buildings, lively bars and abundant cafes provide a cosmopolitan springboard to Finnish Lakeland around four hours drive away. Further north still, the country’s central region offers a combination of wilderness, wildlife and welcoming people. Kuhmo, in the east, is gateway to vast forests that are still home to lynx, wolves and around 1,000 brown bears. And, towards the Russian border, several hiking routes, including the UKK trail – Finland’s longest marked trek – provide further ways to explore.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
3 hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Finnish

Travel advice
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Top itineraries in Finland

Santa Claus, Hotel Harriniva

Harriniva Santa Break – Exclusive Departures

4-day escorted small-group tour from £1,630 pp incl. flights

This escorted, exclusive Christmas break in Finnish Lapland is one children and adults will always remember. You’ll meet reindeer, husky sled, and meet the man himself, Santa Claus, in his log-cabin home, alongside a full-board stay in a cosy pine-clad hotel.

Hotel Harriniva

Christmas in Lapland

5-day itinerary from £1,920 pp incl. flights

Departing on December 23rd, this festive break brings you to a log-cabin-style stay in Lapland, where hearty full-board meals intersperse a full menu of included activities, from snowmobiling and dogsledding to a trip to a ice hotel and a private visit with Santa.

Levi Igloo, Utsuvaara, Finnish Lapland

Glass Igloos & Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made winter holiday from £1,120 pp incl. flights

This winter break includes a memorable stay in a glass igloo in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Watch as the Northern Lights swirl above your heated, glass-domed roof before swapping over to the cosy and characterful Hotel Ylläshumina for three days of Arctic-circle adventure.

Northern Lights, Muotkan Maja, Lapland, Finland

Winter break at Wilderness Hotel Muotka

5-day tailor-made break from £1,550 pp incl. flights

On this short break, you'll enjoy the very best of winter in Finnish Lapland, staying in a remote log-cabin hotel and enjoying a host of included activities. Just remember to watch out for the Northern Lights.

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Top places to stay in Finland

Riverside cabin, Hotel Harriniva

Hotel Harriniva, Muonio

Traditional lodge

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

Snow Village Ice Hotel, Lainio, Lapland, Finland

Snow Village, Lainio

Contemporary ski chalet

The snow Village consists of a snow hotel, ice restaurant, ice cocktail bar, chapel and galleries of spectacular snow and ice art to explore.

Levi Igloo, Utsuvaara, Finnish Lapland

Levi Iglut, Finnish Lapland

Small & intimate hotel

Surrounded by stunning arctic scenery, these secluded igloos offer first-class viewing of the Northern Lights amidst the spectacular surrounding wilderness

Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän, Finnish Lakeland

Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän, Finnish Lakeland

Traditional lodge

A new hotel and spa offering steamy saunas and medieval feasts on the picturesque shores of Lake Saimaa.

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Where to go in Finland

Winter in Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland

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.

Eastern Finland

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.

Western Finland

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…

Helsinki

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…

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When to go to Finland

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"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 …

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