Finland is divided into five regions, each having unique characteristics and flair. Lapland in the far north is literally freezing cold, which does not bother the reindeer much that have found a home here. They share the snow with locals and the tourists that enjoy various winter sports, skiing and hockey being most popular. It is advisable to go to the Saariselkä and Levi regions during the summer, as temperatures regularly drop below -60°F during winter time. If you decide to tackle these fridgid temperatures, we advise booking a weather worthy rental car before leaving.
The eastern countryside is covered with a labyrinth of lakes, rivers, canals, and islands, the perfect setting for all sorts of water sports and local extravagant activities like ice hole fishing.
Fill up on Finish culture
Finland’s history is best illustrated in the south where the nation of the Fins first settled during the Stone Age. Turku, the former capital, is known as the cradle of Finnish culture and has developed into a modern center on historic grounds. Strolling along the river Aurajoki you will get to the town’s main landmarks, the cathedral and the castle. Not far from Turku and within easy reach by car are the famous skerry gardens, stunningly beautiful rocky islands.
Leaving the countryside behind you, the next stop should be Helsinki. With a population of 568,000 this city is quite small, though not lacking the metropolis character you would expect from a capital. Almost all sights are within walking distance, the cathedral, the modern Temppeliaukio Church, the Suomenlinna Fort, and numerous parks and forests.
Further to the west the town of Kalajoki has stunning sandy beaches, whereas Vaasa Town on the Gulf of Bothnia takes first place for hours of sunshine per year.
Though it is possible to spend your time in Finland partying and lying on the beach this is not what tourists usually travel here for. There is simply too much to discover, too many unspoiled wonders of nature to explore. So take your time to take a long drive around the country with your rental car and enjoy Europe’s brilliant north.