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.
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In pictures: brushing shoulders with bears in Finland’s newest national park
In 2017, Hossa – an area of pristine wilderness with superb hiking near Finland’s eastern border – will become the country’s 40th national park. Photog…19 Sep 2016 • George Turner insert_drive_file Article
Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas
To Finns, it is the most natural thing on the planet: disrobing, sweating it out naked in front of strangers in temperatures of 80°C, occasionally self-flagell…11 Aug 2016 • Luke Waterson insert_drive_file Article
18 beautiful pictures of Finland
Professional travel photographer Tim Bird shares his love of photographing Finland. "I’ve been based in the Finnish capital Helsinki for more than thirty…12 May 2015 • Tim Bird insert_drive_file Article
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