No matter the season you visit, Finland is abundant with nature, culture, and a touch of fantasy. Winters are long but full of wonder, especially in the arctic region of Lapland where the days are without sun but are brightened by The Northern Lights. Its snowy landscape is also home to Santa Claus and his reindeer and you can plan a visit to the Santa Claus Village where you can deliver your Christmas list to the man himself. While winters are the time of wood-fired saunas, ice fishing, skiing, and sleeping in glittering ice hotels, summer is the time for sunshine until midnight, swimming in the abundant lakes, evening festivals, markets, and a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene.
Nature is inherent the happiness of Finland and its people, and you will find it touching every part – even in its capital city Helsinki. Green urban areas, thriving harbors, islands, and lakes all hold space in this modern city. There is much to see including old churches, the world’s oldest sea fortress, and artists such as glass blowers, potters, craftsmen, and a doll and toy museum. Finland’s coast is the world’s largest archipelago, with wooden seaside villages, lighthouses, manors, stone churches, national parks, and cliffs that drop into the beautiful ocean.