Spending the winter season in Finland is an unbelievable experience that no one could ever forget. Whether the dog sledding, snowmobiling or the snowboarding, a winter vacation in Finland is a must for all travel bugs. Keeping this in mind, we take you to 5 best places to visit in Finland that can give a new meaning to your travel exposure.
Welcome to the winter land
The capital city of Finland, Helsinki is the first place you should check out in Finland during winters. With its incomparable museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping centres, you will realise that it’s a hub of Finnish heritage. And that’s not all! Walk into any café or bar and you will have the best experience of your lifetime. That’s not all folks! You should certainly not miss the pre-Christmas parade, also known as the Lucia Parade, which takes place on 13th December. Timbaali, a restaurant near Helsinki is one place you must not miss. Their delicacy is snails prepared with garlic or cheese that will (literally) melt in your mouth.
Where to Stay: Hotel Haven, Hotel Fabian and Hotel Finn
Places to Visit: Sibelius Park, Tuomiokirkko, Kiasma
A trip to the igloo centre
Known to be the official home of Santa Claus, stepping into Lapland will make you feel like you have entered a hauntingly beautiful magical land. The cold weather will certainly make you jump under covers, but don’t let that ruin your fascinating trip. Indulge in skiing and while you are at it do not miss out the cafes that come along its trail. Apart from that, visiting a reindeer farm will certainly be a memorable experience.
How to Reach: You can opt for a train journey from Helsinki to reach Lapland.
Where to Stay: City Hotel, Arctic Light Hotel, and Park Hotel Tornio.
Places to Visit: Lumilinna, Santa Claus Post Office, Kopara
Trapped in snow
With spotless and clear lakes, you can easily understand why this place is known as the Lakeland. The best way of exploring this place would be renting a pair of skates to ride along the Squirrel Route and capture the nature’s beauty. Filled with stunning historic castles and waterside pubs, you can also check out their seafood delicacies. Another way of really enjoying at the Lakeland would be taking a dip in the icy waters of the lake (chills!).
How to Reach: Opt for a flight from Lapland to the Lakeland.
Where to Stay: Hotel Pension Kampus, Hotel Atlas, and Hotel Milton.
Places to Visit: Olavinlinna, Punkaharju, Museum of Central Finland.
Finland’s former capital, Turku is popular for its frozen rivers and Christmas celebrations. With a coastline full of small towns that welcome all visitors, Turku is a place for astounding festivals that no travel bug should miss. Known for its nightlife, you can always check out the famous bars and pubs to enjoy all night long. The perfect way of experience this place is to randomly riding through this place on a cycle.
How to Reach: Reach Turku from Lakeland by air.
Where to Stay: Park Hotel, Scandic Julia, and Hotel Helmi.
Places to Visit: Turun Linna, Turku Cathedral Museum, FlowPark.
The winter beauty
Spread across a number of islands connected to each other by bridges, Oulu is known as the technology city of Finland. Here, the most common mode of transportation is bicycle and cars are barely seen on the roads. You must not miss dining at the Restaurant Hugo or Istanbul Oriented as they provide you the finest dining experience and some great memories to share with your friends back home.
How to Reach: Oulu is just a 2 hours and 20 minutes flight away from Turku.
Where to Stay: Cumulus Oulu, Radisson Blu Hotel, Hotel Lasaretti.
Places to Visit: Sailor’s Home Museum, Oulunlinna, Ice-Angling Marathon.
Just the thought of experiencing first snowfall, sometimes gives you pleasing chills. So, why not plan a trip to Finland and explore its frozen rivers, igloos and islands? After all, the more you travel the more you learn.
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HOW TO GET HERE
By Air: Finnair is the national airline of Finland which connects with many cities in Europe and Helsinki. There are many other carriers as well that fly to Finland.