In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Finland
Finland is often neglected by travelers and tourists, even when they find the time to visit Scandinavia. What a mistake! Finland is actually one of the most fascinating countries in Europe, populated by very unique people who approach life in their very own way. It is also a country with fascinating history, stunning natural sights and cities and towns that hold a very specific charm.
For one, there is Helsinki, Finland’s capital and one of the most unique cities in the world. It may seem a bit sleepy, especially if you visit it when it is snowed under, but it is a city that soon opens up to visitors and shows its quirky appeal. Tampere is another Finnish city that you have to visit. It has a tumultuous history that can be seen on its buildings and the overall “feel” of the city. There are also 200 lakes within city limits. Imagine that!
Lake Saimaa is another attraction not to be missed when in Finland. It is the fourth largest lake in Europe, covering a huge area and boasting more than 14,000 islands. Yes, you read that correctly. There are more than 14 thousand islands on Saimaa Lake! It is simply one of the most unique parts of the world, not just Finland.
If that is not enough islands for you, you should head out to The Åland Islands, an archipelago which consists of 6,700 islands, some of which are inhabited, many of which are not. You can see traditional towns such as Mariehamn there, as well as perfectly untouched nature.
Northern lights are also an attraction that Finland offers to its visitors, provided you visit the country between September and March. They can be seen in southern parts of the country as well, but if you want a true show, head out to Lapland and witness something that will change your life forever.