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Holidays to Finland
Finland is often overshadowed by its high-profile Nordic neighbours, but from its Arctic north to wood-strewn Baltic shores, Europe's seventh-largest country offers tranquil archipelagos ripe for kayaking, snowy winter landscapes perfect for cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing, 188,000 wood-fringed lakes for summer lounging and the unique Sami enclave of Lapland (purported home of Father Christmas!)
Finland is great for city slickers too: Its boulevard-laced coastal capital Helsinki is arguably the world's most design-infused city, from glorious architecture to a vast array of new and second-hand design shops. But there are lesser-known gems too; Turku was the beautiful former capital for centuries, while Tampere is like a hip 'Manchester of the North'.
The Finns are distinctive too. Outwardly quiet but great fun underneath, sharing a drink in a cool bar or warm conversation in one of the two million saunas – blissful steaming then a cooling dip. A perfect balance!
Ski under the Northern Lights
Husky Sledding Arctic Adventure
Explore the spectacular untouched scenery of Lapland. Drive your own dog-sled team, look after the huskies and let them steal your heart. Six possible chances to experience the Northern Lights, weather and activity permitting. Stay in cosy wilderness huts, lit only by candlelight and heated by wood-burning stoves.
- Holiday duration: 7 days
- Price from: £1,945
- Operator: Mountain Kingdoms
Finland: Savonlinna Opera
We experience the magic of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville performed in a Finnish mediaeval castle set in a lake, travel through silver birch forest for chamber music concerts at Kuhmo on the Russian border and enjoy exploring the attractive capital Helsinki on a guided tour running 21 - 28 July 2019.
- Holiday duration: 8 days
- Price from: £3,136
- Operator: Kudu Travel
IWQMN: Helsinki to Helsinki
The Grand Aurora Tour
The ultimate grand tour in search of the Northern Lights! This holiday combines unique highlights of Sweden, Finland and Norway. This holiday helps you tick off experiences including the ICEHOTEL®, dog sledding, snowmobiling and exploring the wilds of Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Lapland to search for the Northern Lights. Max group size 24 approx
- Holiday duration: 9 days
- Price from: £3,315
- Operator: The Artisan Travel Company
Above the Arctic Circle
Experience the best of Lapland (exploring across Norway, Sweden and Finland) on this comprehensive self-drive itinerary. Discover lakes, fjords, waterways, national parks and more, and get a true feel for this Sami heartland. The diversity of these three countries is easily distinguished - and there's a range of activities to try on your journey.
- Holiday duration: 15 days
- Price from: £2,229
- Operator: Discover the World