Finland.... Land of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Lapps, Northern Lights. Land with an inhospitable climate, immense forests of birches and conifers. How many images stick to the skin of this country of 5 million inhabitants, with a very low density. And yet, if it seems wild, Finland lets itself be tamed by anyone who really wants to discover it. Trapped between Norway, Sweden and Russia, it is neither Slavic nor Scandinavian, however: it is Finnish. And it is both one and several. From Helsinki, its capital, sometimes compared to St Petersburg for its neoclassical architecture, to the Nordic Lapland, tourists will discover many surprises. He will get to know its thousand lakes, including the famous Saimaa Lake, which gave him a nickname. He will see that beyond its mainland, it is also composed of 40,000 islands, including Turku, the former capital. The traveller will be blessed to witness the magic of the polar nights, the northern lights and the midnight sun. Finally, he will discover a country where nature is king, and dictates a large number of activities. And between a sleigh ride and a fishing trip, he will certainly be tempted by the sauna, a local specialty!
When to go to Finland?
In Finland, the tourist season varies greatly depending on the region. Throughout the South, the high season extends from early June to mid-August. In Lapland, it starts in February and lasts until the end of April, not to mention September and the end of the year celebrations. Of course, as everywhere else, prices are then multiplied by two or even three. Be careful, as the school year starts in mid-August in Finland, many schools are closed or slow down from the second half of August. From September, autumn, the ruska spreads its wonderful colours between red, yellow, copper and orange. This is probably the ideal time to hike. You will avoid the harshness of winter and still enjoy a landscape with sublime shades without being eaten by mosquitoes. The most romantic can indulge in the sweetness of canoeing. Winter marks the return of the cold. Between mid-December and mid-January, the kaamos, the polar night extends its hold over the region. Those who are most addicted to winter sports will nevertheless be able to enjoy a wide range of activities. Between March and May, observation of the boreal halos is also privileged. Depending on the region, find out about the dates of the midnight sun and polar nights, which are quite extraordinary for those who are not used to them