Finland in a nutshell:

  • Winter wonderland
  • Unbeatable shopping
  • Four season attractions
  • Home of Santa and Angry Birds
  • Original sauna traditions
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About Finland

Located between East and West, with snowy winters and warm, light-filled summers, Finland offers a number of fascinating contrasts. Finland's unspoilt forests, as well as its thousands of islands and lakes, offer plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings.

It’s truly amazing how uniquely exotic each season can be. Four times a year, nature changes its uniform completely – colour, light, temperature, sounds and smells. Everything changes in a way that happens nowhere else.

Snow is guaranteed in Finnish Lapland, and it stays on the ground for up to six months a year. On clear winter nights, the Northern Lights dance across the sky in green waves, lighting up the silent snowy landscape.

Turku, Rauma, Hanko and Vaasa are a few of the cities scattered along Finland’s coastline. All have modern urban offerings, as well as a score of sights relating to coastal culture and local maritime heritage.

The Åland islands are well worth a visit for a glimpse of life in the archipelago. This autonomous region of Finland consisting of 6,500 islands lies between Sweden and Finland in the northern part of the Baltic Sea.  Idyllic island life, towns where past meets present and great cuisine en route make for a drive not easily forgotten.

 

Helsinki – Northern Pearl

Situated by the Baltic Sea, Helsinki’s shoreline is about 100 kilometres long and has about 300 islands. Possessing a strong maritime heritage, it is said that the sea gave birth to Helsinki and the harbours raised her.

Influences from both the East and the West are evident in everyday Helsinki; architecture, cuisine, design, customs and even street slang all bare evidence of a past under Russian and Swedish rule.

Easy to reach tourist attractions and hot spots are within walking distance from each other.

A third of Helsinki is covered in green areas. Along with a score of sports grounds, they offer great possibilities for outdoor activities and relaxation, such as Central Park and a number of forests just outside the city centre.

On the other hand, the score of urban events, restaurants, bars and nightclubs make Helsinki a vibrant capital with cultural offerings, ranging from punk rock to classical and modern art.

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