Too often overlooked in favour of its neighbours, Finland is a much-loved travel secret whose time has well and truly arrived.
Winter is the favourite time of year amongst the locals and you’ll see them taking full advantage of the pristine and snowy landscapes and the impossibly fresh air. Visit quiet places like Saija and Vuokatti and you can stand outside and hear the silence. Yes, it sounds corny but there is so little in the way of human population or industrial activity this far north and nature remains very much the dominant force.
If you prefer somewhere a little bit busier then have a look at Luosto where the ski slopes attract visitors who want to combine their winter activities. Here, you can go dog sledding or snowmobiling in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon for a spot of skiing or snowboarding.
Finland is rarely given the kudos it so richly deserves as a Northern Lights destination. The fact of the matter is that places like Jeris and Utsjoki witness just as many Auroral displays as any of Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
Summer in Finland is an entirely different proposition. The Midnight Sun brings hours and hours of daylight and time to indulge in all manner of activities. Bear watching in Kuhmo or even white water rafting from Torassieppi are two of the most popular activities. 24 hours of daylight might play havoc with your body clock but it’s an amazing phenomenon especially at 2am when you can see the sun in the northern sky. That just doesn’t happen further south in Europe and it feels like being on another planet!