The Essential
Although relatively little known, Finland is not without its fans, who wax lyrically about long walks in the thick forests of Karelia, canoe excursions on sparkling waters in the Lake District and hikes in the vast expanses of Laponia.
However, while Finland's landscapes are indeed fascinating, the country's wealth and appeal are also due to its inhabitants who are determined to uphold their distinctive life style. Starting with the sauna that practically every family owns on the shores of a lake.
Discrete, nature loving and truly civic minded, the Finns are not unlike their Scandinavian neighbours, although their gift for self-mockery is quite unique. You will get a glimpse of this facet of their character in the bars of Helsinki, a capital of contrasts: as calm as it is lively, urban and yet swept by sea breezes and woody scents and dotted with edifices of incredible architectural>You may however prefer to sample the charm of the medieval towns of Savonlinna and Porvoo? Whatever the case, your children will refuse to leave without a trip to the workshops of the real Father Christmas at Rovaniemi, the lively capital of wonderful Laponia.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Finlande

Arktikum Arktikum
Koli National Park Koli National Park
Koli National Park
Lapland Lapland
Turku Castle Turku Castle
Turku Castle
Rauma old town Rauma old town
Rauma old town
Senate Square Senate Square
Senate Square

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The most magnificent landscapes of Scandinavia

Scandinavia is a region of northern Europe, made up of a cluster of countries, each of which boasts its own extraordinary range of wildlife and plants. Acting as the barrier between Europe and the Arctic Circle, Scandinavia is home to some of the most breath-taking natural sites in the world. Here are just a few of them.


Rovaniemi, Father Christmas’s Arctic Headquarters

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Secret Finland

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