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Where Nature and Innovation Unite – A Journey Through the Land of a Thousand Lakes

Nestled in the far reaches of Northern Europe, Finland is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers. With its pristine landscapes, modern cities, and a unique blend of tradition and innovation, this enchanting country promises a journey like no other.

Join me as we embark on a captivating adventure through the “Land of a Thousand Lakes.” In this travel blog, we’ll unveil the secrets of Finland, from the ethereal glow of the Northern Lights in Lapland to the vibrant urban life of Helsinki. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a culture connoisseur, or a lover of design and technology, Finland offers an eclectic array of experiences to enchant every traveler.

From the tranquility of Finnish saunas to the pulsating beat of the Midnight Sun Film Festival, from the magic of Santa Claus’ hometown to the marvels of Finnish architecture and design, Finland’s tapestry of attractions is ready to be explored. So, fasten your seatbelt, and let’s set out on a voyage to the heart of this extraordinary nation, where the harmonious interplay of nature and innovation awaits your discovery.

Top highlights

Explore Helsinki
See the Northern Lights
Meet Santa Claus in Rovaniemi
Discover Lapland
Hike in National Parks

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – Helsinki features a diverse selection of hotels, from budget-friendly chains to upscale, luxury options. Many hotels include amenities like saunas, restaurants, and wellness facilities. In Lapland, experience the enchanting Northern Lights from a glass igloo, snow hotel, or ice chalet. It’s a unique way to enjoy the Arctic environment.

Food – Reindeer meat is a traditional delicacy in Lapland and northern parts of Finland. Try reindeer stew, sautéed reindeer, or smoked reindeer. With an abundance of lakes and a long coastline, Finland offers a variety of fish and seafood options. Try dishes like salmon soup, smoked fish, vendace (muikku) fried in butter, and the popular Baltic herring.

Transportation – In Helsinki you can easily move from one place to another by tram.

  • On our way to Pielpajärven erämaakirkko.

My itinerary

Day 1-2: We arrived late to Helsinki and slept at Hotel Arthur for just one night. The next morning, after having a good breakfast at the hotel we took the ferry to Tallinn where we stayed the rest of the weekend.
Day 4-5: We came back in the evening and this time we stayed at Omena Hotel Helsinki Lönnrotinkatu, an easy-going place with self-service check-in/out. The day after we took the plane towards Ivalo airport.
Day 5-8: A shuttle bus bringed us directly from the airport to our hotel Wilderness Hotel Inari & Igloos. On the way to Inari, the bus driver suddenly slammed on the brakes, catching some people by surprise. It took us a couple of seconds to realize what was going on; a herd of reindeers popped out in the middle of the road and they were completely surrounding the bus. It felt like “Welcome to Lapland!”.
We did the check in before dinner and went to our fantastic Igloo-cabin. Just a few minutes had passed when we heard noise outside. We were surprised because the area was completely silent a moment before. We went outside and there it was, the Aurora Borealis filling the night sky. After taking some pictures, it turned so intense that it was possible to see it from the panoramic ceiling of our Igloo, so we went back and continued watching the spectacle from the bed. We were only there for two hours, and our trip to Lapland was already worth it.
The day after, we went for a walk from the hotel to Inari (village center). Then, we took the Inari-Otsamo Hiking Trail towards Jäniskoski. At this point, we crossed the river through Juutua Suspension Bridge, where we enjoyed a great view of the rapids. Back in the hotel, we went to the sauna and we relaxed there with the incredible views of Inari’s Lake completely frozen. That night we were able to see the northern lights again.
The next morning, we rented some e-bikes and we went a bit further. We left our bikes at Sarviniementie parking lot, and we continued by foot through the mountain path to Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. It was an amazing trail crossing forest and lakes till we arrived at that cute wooden church. On the way back we saw a huge reindeer while we were biking.
On our last day, we decided to visit the Siida – Sámi Museum and Nature Center. A very interesting place to learn about Sami culture and Lapland fauna. In the afternoon, we took the shuttle bus to the airport, and we flew back to Helsinki.
Day 8- 10: We landed late in the evening and we walked to our hotel Scandic Kaisaniemi. The next morning, we visited some of the main Helsinki attractions. Among others: Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, Rakkaudensilta (Love Bridge), Kanavaranta street, Uspenskin orthodox-cathedral. Later we approached the port area of Katajanokanlaituri, where we found the Flying Cinema Tour, SkyWheel and the open air saunas. On the way back to the hotel, we passed in front of the Presidential Palace and also crossed the beautiful park of Esplanadi. For dinner, we decided on the traditional restaurant Lappi Ravintola, it was a very good choice.
On our last day in Helsinki we didn’t do much. We had breakfast at Ekberg 1852 and we visited the modern and strange shaped Kampin Kappeli. The rest of the day we enjoyed walking through some of Helsinki’s parks.

Money Saving Tips

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Book on time Be aware that a lot of people go to Finland during winter looking for the Northern Lights. The flights could become really expensive, and the hotels will go sky-rocketing.
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Budget eating As its Scandinavian neighbors, Finland restaurants could be quite pricey. One alternative option is fast food. Think that those extra calories are needed to fight those cold temperatures!
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Wilderness is free It is true that a lot of fun activities such as Reindeer Farms, Husky Slides and Aurora Tours are very expensive. But remember that the best way to enjoy Lapland is by entering the immensity of its forests, the beauty of its lakes and the tranquility of the boreal tundra.

 

 

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