And the Reason Why We Love Finland
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Your Guide to 11 Incredible Adventures to Winter Wonderland Finland
It’s incredible how many beautiful and adrenaline adventure activities I could have added here for adventure travel into Finland. Most of them need pre-bookings especially the horses and snowmobiling! Make sure you pack warm and no cotton! Always pack fleece and thermals! Also, make sure you book your car with HERTZ rent a car. It was a smooth pick up and it is very important you rent a car when in Finland to explore the beauty and the landscapes. Driving is safe and all the roads are well maintained. Sometimes, you might face a snowstorm in the wilderness, it will take a while for the roads to open up again but it’s never a problem!
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Ice fishing has been a way of life for many fishermen in Finland and it is one of the most educative activity to do! You learn how to carve a hole in the middle of the icy lake and how to break through the water and catch fish. If you are lucky, then you have a chance to even learn how to cook it near a firecamp!
Snow Shoeing – Snow Shoeing is a fun way to explore the wilderness by foot. It could be tricky but when you have the hang of it, you will enjoy exploring the wilderness! You could do your snowshoeing hikes during day time or when the darkness takes over the skies and watch the northern lights.
Husky rides are very popular in Scandinavia in maneuvering from one place to another in the winter seasons. Enjoy a visit to the husky farm from your hotel and learn more on how they are trained, pet them and take a ride into the wilderness with the huskies! They absolutely love the adventure as you will! You have a choice of a 2 hour ride or a 4 hour ride! After the adventure, you will be taken into a Finnish hut and enjoy traditional home made soup! A little heads up on choosing the right husky farm, make sure you do the right research on which farm to work with and always make sure that there are no sign of abuse.
SWIMMING IN THE ARCTIC
Not quite sure if I should say floating rather than swimming because that is exactly what it felt like! You gear up into a subzero wetsuit and well, it’s not the Maldives but the feeling could be even stronger! Definitely one of the top things you HAVE to do in your life! See how long you last too, I promise, you won’t feel the cold! You have my word!
REINDEER FARM VISIT
One of the most exciting part is visiting reindeer farms! Learn more about them through family owned farms, learn about their anatomy, their way of life and even have a chance to pet them. You also have option to be taken on a reindeer sleigh in the evenings to watch the Northern Lights or just visit them during the day and get pulled by a sleigh ride!
Horse riding in Finland is one of the most magical things to do especially in lapland when the path is covered in snow. Previous riding experience is needed in some stables, but if you have the chance to book a 2 hour ride, don’t miss the opportunity!
LEARNING ABOUT THE SAMI CULTURE
The Sámi are the only indigenous people of the European Union. Peoples in independent countries are regarded as indigenous if they are descended from the populations which inhabited the country, or a geographical region to which the country belongs, at the time of conquest or colonisation or the establishment of present state boundaries and if they identify themselves as indigenous and retain, irrespective of their legal status, some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions. Learn more about them by visiting the museum or even their homes or their reindeer farms.
You can meet him on any day of the year, without any charge, only in Finland. Santa Claus’ own animal, the reindeer, lives in Finland. There is snow on the ground during the Christmas season. At the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus has a post office of his own and the world’s only Main Santa Post Office. The Finnish Santa Claus receives by far the most letters from the children around the world. The only real amusement park of Santa Claus, the SantaPark, is situated in Finland and there are two, one in Rovaniemi and another in Levi. There is also one in Ivalo but that is only a house visit to Santa. There are wide circles in Finland that have committed themselves to help Santa Claus. Finnish Christmas Finnish Christmas can be experienced both in the north and in the south, in the east and in the west, i.e. everywhere in Finland. The popular one is Santa Park and Santa Village in Rovaniemi. Make sure you also rent a car from the airport with HERTZ and earn skywards miles.
The longest toboggan in Finland is 1.8 KM and can be reached with a chair lift! Experience the magic of toboggan down the longest toboggan slope in Finland! The activity starts with a chair lift ride to the top of fell Kaunispää, from where Saariselkä’s city lights open in front of your eyes as a sea of sparkling lights. The toboggan slope is now illuminated with light art, just follow the aurora lights that guide you back down to the valley. This is surely going to keep you smiling all day!!
SKI OR SNOWBOARD IN PYHA
The idyllic Pyhä Fell is just a short drive away from the Rovaniemi airport. At Pyhä the wilderness is truly just behind your doorstep and everything is easily accessible by walking or skiing. If you have never experienced downhill skiing before, the slopes and off-piste routes at Pyhä satisfy the needs of both beginners and more experienced adventurers. The new and improved Pyhä Ski Resort serves skiers better than ever before: 9 lifts, 14 slopes and pure natural surroundings create a unique experience.
FAT BIKING IN THE SNOW
There are 39 national parks in Finland – around 8,150 square kilometres filled with archipelago lakes, forests, rapids, rift valleys and eskers. The Finns like nothing better than to take in all this white beauty schlepping through the snow on snowshoes or cross-country skis – but if you want more of an unusual challenge, try fatbiking. The fat tyres with extra tread make it possible to cycle over deep snow, and now Lapland’s Ylläs National Park has opened up its snowshoe tracks to fatbikers too, taking you through some stunning snowy scenery.
I call Finland Magic Land because it is exactly it! I never expected to have fallen in love with Finland or anywhere in Scandinavia as much as I did. Maybe it’s the familiarity with the silence and the attachment to the wilderness that I crave for. But Finland is definitely a place I always go back to over and over again. Make sure you join our TJD trips where we curate adventure trips and you can join them!