What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Finland? If you are like most people, not much. I am here to tell you that this vast, nordic territory has so much to offer year round, and some reasons why you would love to visit Finland. This northern archipelago is known by many as the home of Santa Claus and all things Christmas, but today we will delve deeper into the finer things of Finnish life.
1. You Want To Do Some Awesome Skiing
As shown above, Finland’s northernly latitude offers some incredible snowfall combined with its geography yields world-class skiing options. I have skied in many places around North America and am personally looking forward to my next northern European ski trip.
2. You Think Saunas Should Be An Everyday Activity
If there is a better way to defrost from a frigid day on the slopes than within the confines of wooden, dry hot box, then I don’t want to know about it. In my travels, I have met several Finnish people that testify as to the ubiquitous presence of saunas – “every house has one.” These heat-filled oases are the perfect way to unwind after a day plowing through feet of fresh powder and rugged mountains.
3. You Want To Experience A Sun That Never Sets
This “Midnight Sun” or “Polar Day” is the phenomenon in the Arctic Circle where the sun never sets below the horizon due to the position of the sun in relation to the tilt of the earth during the northern hemisphere’s summer. An ever present sun is a fun way to spend some summer nights and takes some getting used to. For many travelers it is a great way to spend late nights with friends that easily and unnoticed turn into summer mornings as the sun skirts above the tree line.
4. The Aurora Borealis. Enough Said.
Green, purple, and pink shades of cascading light dripping down the midnight sky, somewhere in the vast stretches of the Lapland region of northern Finland. It is this scenario of taking in one of nature’s great spectacles that draws many travelers to this part of the world. It is important to do your research before heading to Finland, if seeing the Northern Lights is on your To-Do List, as the winter months will be the best chance at seeing them.
5. You Want Food That Will Keep You Warm and Full For Days
Finnish traditions, such as dipping into a freezing lake after a hot sauna, are sensational experiences. The same can be said for sampling local specialties: reindeer, salmon, mushrooms and berries fixed over an open fire at a wilderness restaurant. Finnish food is known for its richness in exotic game and heavy food that will keep you warm from the inside out. Finnish cuisine is notable for generally combining traditional country fare and haute cuisine with contemporary continental style cooking. Fish and meat play a prominent role in traditional Finnish dishes from the western part of the country, while the dishes from the eastern part have traditionally included various vegetables and mushrooms.
This little teaser for Finland has re-invigorated my fascination with this Nordic territory and I look forward to my Northern Lights, sauna, ski, and culinary adventure. Go get lost in Northern Europe, maybe we will cross paths there!