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Finland Trips Created by Local Agencies

For lots of people, the mention of Finland often evokes popular clichés: the far North, the cold, herds of elks, (Vatanen!) hares, Santa Claus (at Rovianemi), night excursions in search of the aurora borealis and even long treks through your chosen forest in a sled pulled by dogs. All this (and in fact lots more) is real and only needs to be discovered, expe...

For lots of people, the mention of Finland often evokes popular clichés: the far North, the cold, herds of elks, (Vatanen!) hares, Santa Claus (at Rovianemi), night excursions in search of the aurora borealis and even long treks through your chosen forest in a sled pulled by dogs. All this (and in fact lots more) is real and only needs to be discovered, experienced and tested. Usually, the capital of Helsinki is the first stage in a trip to Finland. Ideally located in the south of the country, it offers a pleasant and interesting first impression.

Varied and blessed with a rich culture and beautiful museums (the Cathedral and the Sederholm House, for example), under no circumstances should you miss visiting the maritime fortress of Suomenlinna, classified as a Unesco world heritage site! Once you’ve left the capital, you will be spoilt for choice: the south and the Aland islands archipelago, going further to the east towards the splendid and world famous region of the great lakes, and even venturing up towards the Lapland north… It will also be possible for you to head towards the Russian border, to the vicinity of Joenssu, and discover some of the most beautiful (and little known) forests of the country. In every case, your local English-speaking guide will be delighted to assist you construct your project!

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Travelling to Finland: final tips and advice

There’s a custom that holds that Rovaniemi is the entrance door to Lapland and for good reason. This town (where Father Christmas chills out and has made his home) is the ideal departure point for best preparing your trip into the great European north, well beyond the legendary arctic polar circle. Whether in summer or winter, the variety of possibilities suggested by your local English-speaking travel agent will leave you breathless. Midnight sun, saunas, meeting the Sami people or long solitary treks in the Urho Kekkonen national park for the warm season. A night in an igloo, dogsled excursions, the aurora borealis and polar nights for the cold season: a programme that seems endless and that is requested time after time! However, northern Finland doesn’t have “only” that to offer: you can also find your childhood soul mate in Santa’s little village or visit Sulo Karjalaine, a local celebrity who has dedicated his life to looking after bears, the emblematic bigfoot of this country! After so many adventures and discoveries, you might like to relax for a while and see other facets of Finland. If so, you can go through the towns of Tampere and Turku (the oldest in the country), pleasant and agreeable stopovers on the return journey, when you’ll be thinking with nostalgia about your next holiday and remembering this ancient local saying that sums up the country so well, “Finland, where the summer is short but there’s not much snow”!