Learn About Finland
Finland is a country in the far north of Europe, yet amazingly green and characterized by its thousands of lakes and islands.
There are some places that few people know anything about, mysterious and authentic destinations that only some fortunate travelers get to discover. This is the case for Finland, the country of reindeer, Santa Claus and the Northern Lights. Finland has many things to offer to avid adventurers. Beyond its peaceful and organized towns and villages there is the magnificent wilderness, where one can find nature at its best, a natural heaven at its core.
The country is a pleasant cultural destination, with many fascinating cities and towns. Helsinki, the capital, is simply elegant and charming, a combination of Russian and Nordic architecture. Although small in comparison with other European capitals, Helsinki packs a veritable experience, with many interesting and inspiring landmarks and things to do. Among the highlights of the capital, visitors should definitely include the magnificent Suonmenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating discovery; the charming Senate Square; the Seurasaari Open Air Museum which presents the traditional architecture of rural Finland; Helsinki Zoo; the Lutheran Church; and the many museums. The city is also worth a visit for its shopping, cuisine and entertainment scene.
But beyond the wonderful towns and the authentic villages, Finland is mostly made of amazing natural landscapes. Although lacking high mountains, it nevertheless has something special and enticing. With almost 200,000 lakes and almost the same amount of islands, the country is a boating paradise. Indeed, boats are one of the most popular transportation means for Finnish people. There are few things that can compare to visiting a national park, taking off on a boat and finding your own deserted island.
The north can transform to a real Arctic area in the winter, with magnificent spectacles of the Northern Lights. The northern Lapland is the perfect place to try cross-country skiing or reindeer sledging, among others. If you're ambitious, it is also the place to look for Santa Claus, starting from the famous town of Rovaniemi.
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