Finland as a whole has more water and forest than any other country in Europe, making it the perfect location for nature lovers. Considering the sheer length of the country, there are varying climates and landscapes depending on the region you are in. very Whilst the North sees winters stretching from October to May, when temperatures can reach -49°C, the South and coastal areas of Finland, including the capital Helsinki, have a much more varied climate. Thus a holiday in Finland has plenty of room for adventure, whether you're after a ski trip or wanting to wander around the wilderness of Lapland.
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Become one with nature in Finland's diverse landscape
As the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, a holiday cottage in Finland is definitely ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. Forests make up 70% of the country, and the Finnish 'Everyman's right' means that you are allowed to walk freely amongst the nature, giving you the chance to even pick mushrooms and berries in the vast wilderness. Whilst Finnmark in neighbouring Norway is common destination choice for those in search of the Northern Lights, the astounding view of the Aurora Borealis can be enjoyed 200 days in the year in the Northern half of Lapland in Finland, so you have a good chance of catching a glimpse of the phenomenon during your stay. You could also travel to Lakeland and take a dip in one of the many lakes such as Lake Saimaa, the largest in Finland.
Spend your holiday amongst the Finnish wildlife
Holiday cottages in Finland offer you the chance to visit wildlife resorts like the Wild Taiga Area, which specialise in giving visitors encounters with wild animals in their own natural habitat. An abundance of animals can be found here as well as in the surrounding woods. Animals like bears, wolves, eagles and owls live all around this region. The visitor centres in Finland have varying offers including guided tours and exhibitions. The Hossa Visitor Centre holds an exhibition on what people in the wilderness used to believe in, whilst the one in Kuhmo gives information on the large carnivorous animals in Finland.
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The ideal destination for sports enthusiasts
There are a range of sporting activities for holidaymakers in Finland depending on the season of the year. Blessed with a thousand lakes and islands, Finland offers diverse activities for water and land sports. Cycling, hiking, canoeing and fishing are some of the options to choose from during the summer months. Regions such as Lakeland or the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea are ideal locations for such watersports. The midnight sun during this season makes the views from your accommodation in Finland that little bit extra special. There are plenty of sporting opportunities in winter too, with snowmobiling and cross-country skiing being common sports in Finland. It is sometimes possible to find pre-planned sport activities in holiday apartments in Finland. Options for holiday rentals vary, ranging from chalets, log cabins, cottages and ski apartments to beautiful condos and villas so what ever you're looking for, you are bound to find something that is suitable for you.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of a Finnish sauna
If you're tired after all this exercise, why not sit back and relax in one of Finland's many saunas? The word itself comes from the Finnish language and is a significant part of Finnish culture. Whether you go for a brief steam session or are looking for a spiritual cleansing, a trip to the sauna can be exactly what you need after a long day. The country is home to over three million saunas, so you'll be sure to find one near your holiday home in Finland.