Midnight sun, northern lights and superb saunas

Drawing strong influences both from its easterly neighbour, Russia, as well as from the West, Finland remains one of Europe’s most enigmatic countries. It’s a land best known for its laconic, pithy people with a penchant for kicking back in a sauna sans vêtements, and for its quirky and bizarre annual festivals – its strangeness is a good part of its charm. And while it’s far from a budgeteer’s paradise, there are definitely ways to save – that is, if you know where to drink.