Finland might not be on the top of every traveler’s bucket list but it definitely has all the qualities that you wish to see in your dream destination. Finland is a beautiful country which boasts of stunning natural landscapes and fascinating forests. Apart from allegedly being home to the “Santa Claus”, the country is also known for its other magical features such as the northern lights or getting to see the sun at midnight. And if that doesn’t win you over, we wonder what will.
While the country is best visited during winters when the entire land is converted into a winter paradise, you can visit this incredible place any time of the year. Finland comprises four main regions namely- Helsinki area, Lakeland, Lapland, and, Archipelago, and exploring one or all of these regions is possibly the best way to make the most of your time in the country. There are numerous things a visitor can see and experience within the country and to help you get an idea of those things, we have jotted down a list of a few incredible things you can do in Finland for a memorable and fun time.
Go for a relaxing sauna
One of the ultimate things you can do in Finland is to go for a sauna which is one of the most recommended and famous things to do in the country. The country is home to about 3 million saunas which mean you will find a sauna in almost every part of the region. Almost every place that you go to, you are certainly going to find a sauna in the locality. This is a great way to keep your mind and body relaxed. Also, there are different types of saunas available throughout the country such as smoke sauna, stove sauna, electric sauna, etc.
Admire the breathtaking view of northern lights
Witnessing northern lights is one of a kind experience and it’s definitely something that needs to be seen at least once in your life. Finland gives you the perfect opportunity to admire the majestic view of the northern lights which is one of the main highlights of the country. While northern lights can be seen from different points of the country but Lapland provides the highest chance of success and is worth stopping by to witness northern lights in person. If you are planning to visit the country just to spot these northern lights then try to plan your trip during winters as there are maximum chances of seeing them in their full glory. Also, you can stay in one of the igloo hotels to make things more interesting.
Believe it or not, but Finland is the official home of Santa Claus and whether you’re a kid or an adult, every person at some point in their life has always wished to see Santa in person and Finland makes it possible for you. You can meet him in person all year round. A small village in the Lapland city of Rovaniemi situates the Santa’s official office where you can visit him and his reindeer and have a chat with him in person. In the village, you can also enjoy a few rides such as husk sledding, snowmobiles, and other sorts of Lapland’s fun activities.
Explore the Turku castle
Turku Castle, also known as Turun Linna is one of the top attractions in the country and you definitely cannot miss out on exploring it especially if you’re in the city of Turku. The castle boasts of two dominating dungeons and ornated banquet halls. Apart from that, the castle is now turned into a museum which is a great place to learn about the city’s incredible history and the room features several artifacts, paintings, and antiques that give you a glimpse of Finland’s bewitching history.
Go for a shopping spree at the market square
Of course, no trip to a new destination can be completed without going for a shopping spree within the country. And Finland houses several shopping destinations that might not feature the cheapest articles but they are definitely of high quality and display a vast variety of goods. Helsinki market square is one of the most ideal shopping destinations in the country which offers a great view of the Baltic Sea to the east. From flowers and vegetables to fruits and baked goods, the market offers a vast range of local produce and it also houses an arts and crafts market from where you can buy souvenirs.