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Honeymoon in Finland

Visit Finland's Many Faces

Finland has it all – snowy winters, pleasantly warm summers and colourful spring and autumn. Lapland is the most snow guaranteed place in Europe. Not only the climate but also Finns are considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. But they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people.

The first impression you get, looking out from the window of the plane, is that there are a lot of trees. An endless carpet of forest, with lakes in between. And a few small farms and small towns. So it's kind of a surprise when you land in Helsinki to find that the airport is so modern and efficient. Not a polar bear in sight.

You'll have a few more surprises as you travel around the country. Meeting a herd of reindeer in Lapland.

finland_honeymoonSailing among thousands of islands in the archipelago, or on one of thousands of lakes in eastern Finland.

The endless days of summer and the endless nights of winter.

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Finland is Crediblefinland

Finland is known as a safe country with well-developed infrastructure, good service and high technology.

Finland is Contrasting

Located between East and West, with cold, dark winters and warm, light-filled summers, Finland offers many fascinating contrasts.

finlandFinland is Creative

Living in Finland brings out people's creativity in technology, science and the arts. Maybe the secret is that the Finns don't take themselves over-seriously.

Finland is Cool

Breath of fresh air: Finland has cool winter weather, but also lots of other cool things.

Where to go

The towns are conveniently small and the forest is very big. It's easy to walk around and see the sights of Helsinki, Turku and Tampere. And you can travel through the forest of Finland for weeks or even months and never see all of it.

Helsinki region

helsinkiThe capital is usually just a 2½ hour flight from London (closer than you thought?)  with around 500,000 people. Easy to get around on foot or using the excellent tram service. This is a seaside city stretching out to pretty islands where green expanses are never far away.  Café society springs to life in summer when people sit and watch the world go by surrounded by many architectural styles from art nouveau to functionalist: coffee, of course, is served in stylish, designer chinaware on beautiful fabrics – names such as Iittala and Marimekko are world famous.

Finland's capital city offers a magic all of its own when winter drops its silent white mantle across the streets and buildings. There is ice on the harbour, and snow on trees and statues.

Coastal Areas and Archipelago

helsinkiThis is the area to see pretty wooden towns (the elegant villas of Hanko used to be the summer haunt of wealthy nobility from St Petersburg), islands and more.

There are 6,500 islands in the Åland archipelago (Finland has over 20,000 islands in total) and being flat, this is a cyclist's paradise. There are boats of all types for hire from an hour to a week, Finland's oldest churches dating back to the 12th century and some great island restaurants serving fabulous crayfish buffets and barbeques. Turku on the south west coast is the oldest city in Finland and the former capital.  In 2011 Turku will be the European City of Culture. Along the coast in Naantali is home to the famous Moominworld theme park.

Extending from the UNESCO listed old town of Rauma in the south to Oulu in the north, this is an area of fabulous beaches, sand dunes, bridges and lush pastures where an untouched wilderness touches the sea.

Lakeland

lakesThere appears to be more water than land in the country's south-east lake district.  During summer, the horizon seems to be one vast glinting mirror – truly breathtaking. This is the largest lake district in Europe and a fisherman's paradise. Roads are good and even in five or six days, a great deal of Finland's Lakeland can be experienced

There is something exciting and mysterious about winter in Finland's North Karelia region.  Join an adventure on the doorstep of your comfortable hotel or cabin, and head out into the snowy countryside.

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Lapland

Often described as "the top of the world", Finnish Lapland has a certain magic feel. More and more visitors are choosing to visit in summer attracted by the fabulous wealth of outdoor activities and sights, perfect for the whole family.  Fells and mountains are perfect for bikers; the river system creates fabulous white water rafting, fishing and canoeing opportunities – even gold prospecting.

Rovaniemi is the provincial capital and is right on the Arctic Circle. The real Santa Claus lives here and it's home too to Arktikum, a superb museum that brings to life the whole story of the region. Husky safaris, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and endless winter sports – they're all here.

What to see and do

If you are looking for an active holiday, with skiing, boating, hiking and music festivals, you've come to the right place. But Finland also offers some things that are even rarer amid the frantic pace of modern life. Space. Peace. Quiet. Time.

finlandSilence, please

Space, time, peace and quiet – the four elements modern life lacks. Finland offers a chance for downshifting even in the heart of the city, and untouched nature is never more than half an hour away. Stay at a cottage, enjoy a sauna and listen to birds singing across the lake.

Wild and Free

In the unique natural surroundings of Finland, your daily grind will quickly be forgotten. Our large, ruggedly beautiful wilderness provides the ideal terrain for outdoor activities, be it snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding, sailing, kayaking or hiking.

Cultural Beat

finlandContrasts are the main ingredient of cultural life in Finland. Here, high-tech engineers and bohemian designers live happily side by side. We dance to a modern beat from the West, spicing it with tradition, mood and melody from the East.

Christmas in Finland

At Christmas the air is cold and crisp, and the snow crunches when you walk. It also feels like Christmas here, in the home of Santa Claus. His Arctic Circle Village near Rovaniemi is full of visitors at Christmas time.

Climate

aurora_borealisFinland is full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the midnight sun and the period of darkness, urban and rural, East and West - you name it. We hate to say it, but you know nothing about "Four Seasons" unless you have stayed year around in Finland. 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.

A small country holds a quite big amount of variety. In Finland all the four seasons have their own personality in different parts of the country, especially in Lapland where summer lasts less than 2.5 months.

finlandThe maximum and the minimum temperatures at January vary between -3°C and -30°C.

There is also a time in winter when the sun won´t rise at all for weeks.
On the contrary the sun won´t go down for 73 days in the summer.

The average temperature in sauna is +70 - 100°C. That is about +70 - 100°C warmer than the water where Finns like to swim in winter.

Source: www.visitfinland.com/

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