Finland’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its pristine natural beauty. At the close of the ice age retreating glaciers left the countryside pock-marked with thousands of crystal lakes which now offer some of the most inspiring summer hiking, cycling and canoeing in Europe. The country has a long, deeply indented coast, marked by colourful red and grey granite rocks. Thousands of scenic islands lie offshore.
In winter months the focus shifts further north to Lapland where the semi-nomadic Sami people have branched out from reindeer herding to offer dog sledding and snowmobile safaris.
During the summer the midnight sun turns ‘closing time’ into something of a relative term, and the small hours can be spent doing anything from propping up the bar to playing a round of midnight golf.
Finland has a much milder climate than most other regions of the world that lie as far north. In January, for example, Helsinki’s temperatures often average 25 to 35 °F (14 to 18 °C). Finland’s climate is influenced chiefly by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows off Norway’s west coast. Finland’s many lakes and the gulfs of Bothnia and Finland help give the country a relatively mild climate.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 5.2 million
LANGUAGE: Finnish, Swedish
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +358
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +2