The midnight sun, Northern Lights and superb saunas: there’s no shortage of natural beauty or quirky charm in Finland, it just might come at a premium price. Get the best of the country by using our map of Finland to start planning your trip.

Largely flat and wooded, the Finnish landscape really comes into its own in the North, where the remote wilderness of Lapland allows access to the Arctic Circle. Finland isn’t just husky sleighing and reindeer herding, however: don’t miss the country’s capital, Helsinki, where the architectural grandeur of the neoclassical buildings and wide streets provides a dramatic backdrop to excellent museums of art and national history. Finally, visit the Lake Region, a huge bay dotted by densely forested islands, one of which boasts the ancient Olavinlinna Castle. If you’re an opera fan, head to the regional centre, Savonlinna, where the renowned opera festival takes place amidst the beaches and harbours of the town’s three islands.

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In pictures: brushing shoulders with bears in Finland’s newest national park

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 – became the country’s 40th national park. Photographe…

05 Dec 2017 • George Turner insert_drive_file Article
The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

There's nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you're drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain …

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Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas

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
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