Finland is famous for its unspoilt natural landscapes that encompass huge areas of dense forest and an astonishing 187,000 lakes. Visitors can explore Finland’s national park on hiking trails, in canoes, and on huskie dog sleds, then experience the delights of an authentic Finnish sauna. Situated at the southern tip of the country, Helsinki is a stylish metropolis offering cultural sites, bustling markets, a vibrant café scene, and architectural wonders like Suomenlinna, an impressive fortress complex spanning six islands.
Visit during the festive period to enjoy Finland’s charming Christmas markets and to witness the mesmerising Northern Lights. On a family holiday in Finland you can enjoy reindeer-drawn sleigh rides through scenic snowscapes and even meet Santa Claus himself in Lapland.
Things to do on a Finland holiday
Seeing the Northern Lights is an unforgettable part of a Finland holiday. Most visible between September and early April, the phenomenon is caused by solar particles colliding with the Earth's atmosphere. Head north for the best viewing experience; accommodation options include cosy log cabins and well-equipped glass igloos.
Finland has more than 40 national parks, many of which have well-marked hiking routes and nature trails. Exploring Finland’s unspoilt forests and lakes on foot is a restorative back-to-nature experience. An exciting way to explore Finland’s white winter landscapes is on a husky safari. Led by your own team of huskies, you’ll glide across the snow and ice, through forests and over frozen lakes.
Saunas are a part of everyday life in Finland, offering physical relaxation and mental rejuvenation. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to try a sauna while on holiday in Finland, either in your hotel or at one of the many public saunas, some of which are in spectacular scenic locations.
Finnish cuisine is based around fresh, natural ingredients gathered from the water, fields and forests. Try lohikeitto, a creamy salmon soup with potatoes, dill and chunks of fresh fish, while savoury Karelian pasties are ideal sustenance for a cold day, traditionally filled with rice porridge or buttery mashed potatoes.