Finland is a winter wonderland of breathtaking phenomena.
Home to the Midnight Sun, the Northern Lights, and the Polar Night. Finnish Lapland, nestled in the far North, is home to one of the world's most stunning light shows. Here, the Aurora Borealis can been seen on up to 150 nights of the year. Discover the thrill of Aurora hunting late at night, or enjoy panoramic views of the night sky from the comfort of your bed. The Midnight Sun takes place above the Arctic circle during Finland's long summer days. When the solstice hits, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 hours. With nights bathed in light, there are plenty of hours in the day to discover all that Finland has to offer. The Polar Night is the opposite of the Midnight Sun. Occurring in the dead of winter, the night lasts for 24 hours and the sun dose not rise. The dark sky is lit with the colours of the Aurora Borealis, and the landscape is bathed in snow.Read More...
Viewing the Aurora Borealis
September through to April is prime time for Aurora hunting and the further south you go, the shorter the Aurora season will be. Between mid-October and March is the best time to see the lights in the more southern areas.
Experiencing the Kaamos, Finland’s Polar NIght
The 21st December marks the winter solstice in Finland. During this month, travellers are immersed in near darkness for 24 hours and treated to a sky full of colours. December is also the perfect time to visit the Santa Claus Village and discover a traditional Finnish Christmas.
Home to one of the most magical destinations in the world, the Santa Claus Village. Here, you can cross the Arctic Circle, meet the red man himself, send postcards from Santa’s post office, visit the reindeer and frolic with the elves.
Reindeer are the heart and soul of Finland, a treasured icon, and used as the traditional way of travelling by the indigenous Sami people. Travel across snow covered landscapes like Santa Claus at Christmas time, enjoy a fun filled day at the reindeer races, or visit a Finnish reindeer farm to discover the livelihood of the Sami culture.
Discover the beauty of Finnish nature from the back of a husky sled. This exhilarating adventure is not to be missed.
During the winter months temperatures can fall between -5 and -15 degrees and the best time for those wanting the winter experiences. During this time travellers can enjoy dog sledding, snow mobile tours, skiing, ice fishing and igloo building.
In the summer months of June to August it can get as warm as 30 degrees. The midnight sun begins near the end of June, kick starting the summer solstice and long days filled with light.
Language Finnish and Swedish are the two main official languages, however Finnish is most widely spoken. Additionally, there are several minority languages that are also official in Finland, including three variants of Sami, Romani, Finnish Sign Language, and Karelian. Many people speak English as it is mandatory to learn it in Finnish schools.
Weather The weather in Finland (and the rest of Scandinavia) is quite diverse and very changeable. Summers are mild and warm, but winters are long and cold. It is warmest in July and coldest in February, and if you visit in summer you may experience 20 hours of daylight!
Social customs & quirks “Everyman’s Rights” is a concept in Finland which has evolved over time, giving you the right to roam freely in natural areas like forests, lakes and rivers without permission from land owners. You can pick wild berries and mushrooms, but not someone else’s apples or plums. You can go canoeing or camping but not too close to someone’s home.
Festivals and events When it comes to festivals in Finland, there’s something for everyone! Midsummer festival is a traditional Finnish festival that takes place in the long summer days of late June and includes bonfires, a maypole, music, drinking, and celebrating. Christmas and New Year are celebrated with great enthusiasm, as in all of the Scandinavian countries. Finland is home to many music festivals, including Flow Festival, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, ILosaarirock, Pori Jazz, and more! The Midnight Sun Film Festival is also popular, drawing some of the biggest names in the film industry ever since 1986.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.
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