Nature dominates no matter what the season and its Baltic coasts, thickly wooded terrain, and open spaces are only the backdrop to nature’s epic performance – the Aurora Borealis. Lapland, as North Finland is called, is a wild wonderland of reindeer, bears and Santa Claus, while the south of the country is the sleek and chic urban region where the country’s towns are concentrated starting with Helsinki.
Wood fired saunas, dogsledding and ice-fishing are juxtaposed an incredible tradition of music and the arts. The Finns are just a little off-beat to make things intriguing – stays in ice-hotels, giant community smoke saunas, and blueberry cider are just a few. Don’t miss the Siida, an incredible museum dedicated to the lives of the Sami people, or the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town at Vahna Rauma. Wildlife lovers can head north to Oulanka, while history and culture lovers will get their fix at the opera festival at Savonlinna’s medieval Olavinlinna castle. Let Exeter International help you find your way through the Finnish heartland.
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