Finland is a country of vast forests and extensive lakes interrupted by small towns and settlements that's ideal for summer or winter holidays. In the far north, the sun doesn't set for ten weeks in summer, while in winter it stays below the horizon for almost eight, making it the perfect destination to spot the famous psychedelic show that is the Northern Lights. See itinerary ideas
Finnish Lapland Holidays
Finland makes up the majority of Lapland – a place almost synonymous with those revered Northern Lights. Recent Scandinavian innovation has seen a large increase in the number of glass igloos in Finnish Lapland, and they’re certainly one of the most enchanting ways to experience the dancing lightshow. Finland has many peppered throughout its northern reaches, such as the heated see-through domes of Levin Iglut or Apukka Resort’s Aurora Wagons – mobile carriages with glass ceilings making for dazzling displays. Our Glass Igloos and Northern Lights itinerary is ideal for those who want to witness the spectacular lights from the comfort of their bed under a glass-domed ceiling, where you’ll spend precious daytime hours cross-country skiing and sampling Lappish delicacies in the wilderness.
Finland is, of course, also a top winter destination for other activities, from snowmobiling and snowshoeing to reindeer and husky safaris. Our Lapland in Style itinerary encompasses all of these magical experiences, including Northern Lights viewing from the spectacular architecturally-designed Arctic Treehouse Hotel. And of course, who could go to Lapland and forget to visit one of the world’s most famous characters? This is Santa’s original home, and our Santa in Lapland Harriniva Break features a husky safari, snowmobiling, and of course a chance to meet Father Christmas in his log cabin.
Many people think saunas are synonymous with Scandinavian culture; Finland has two million of them. When you consider the country’s population only stands at five million, you can see how this idea gained traction. The national pastime of broiling in a sauna then jumping into the nearest body of icy water is an experience not to be missed – head on our Glass Igloo and Ice Hotel Holiday, where the Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloos resort offers you the use of their sauna nightly. Experiencing this Scandinavian tradition will burn off calories, relieve stress, keep colds and flu at bay, and allow you to make a deep connection with Finnish nature and culture.
Finnish Lapland is also home to the Sami people – as the only indigenous people in Europe, gaining an insight into their way of life is a fascinating experience. Their traditions are still practised on Finland’s tundra, and our Engholm Husky Lodge break allows you to explore the wilderness with a Sami guide by visiting a settlement of reindeer herders.
Helsinki & Finnish Lakes Holidays
Venture further south and you’ll find the chic capital of Helsinki. Positioned on a rocky headland surrounded by the Baltic Sea, it's a design and shopping hub with neoclassical buildings and charming town squares. Helsinki also offers a stunning gateway to Finnish Lakeland, a spectacular archipelago of 180,000 lakes. One of the most notable is Lake Saimaa, perfectly explored with our Ice Skating Holiday in the winter, and our Best of Finnish Lakeland Self-Drive in the summer, which includes scenic cruises, hiking, cycling and swimming in sparkling lakes.
Southern Finland & Wildlife Holidays
While much of Finland’s magic lies in its snow-covered canopies, in the summer the southern reaches, with their quaint villages, rural beauty and vast lakes, make for a wonderful trip. Our Southern Finland Self-Drive explores the heritage of the south, where you’ll discover ancient fortresses and art galleries alongside coastal bike rides and sampling local delicacies. Venture slightly further north into the central swathes and you’re ideally positioned to explore a plethora of wildlife, including lynx and wolves but most notably thousands of brown bears. Our Bear Watching in Finland itinerary makes for an exciting trip where you’ll stay among the cloaking Finnish forests in a spa hotel, spending your days exploring the surrounding nature and spotting the imposing brown bear.