Part 1: No rush
Despite the fact that I had been in many various countries all over the world, there is no such place where I feel just as relaxed as in Finland. If you are a tourist from, say, New York, London, or Moscow, you will be astonished by the significant difference of the atmosphere of Helsinki in comparison with those capitals. During my life in Finland, I’ve never seen even a hint of rush on the streets. Finns are taking their time, peacefully working their way towards their deadlines and it is a rarity to see someone in hurry in Finland, with an exception of foreigners, perhaps.
Part 2: Nature
With a population of 5.439 millions of people and a size of 338,424 km², Finland retains a relatively small number of inhabitants for its area. The vast majority of the country is covered with dense forests and lakes. 78 percent of forest and 10 of lakes to be precise. Even the capital has trees all over the place, not to mention the high amount of parks, hence the exceptionally fresh air. In their brand new report, The World Health Organisation claims that the air in Finland is the third cleanest in the world. It seems as if Finnish people did not lumber their woodlands at all!
Another interesting fact about Finland is that their tap water is one of the cleanest in the world and absolutely drinkable, as it’s taken from pure groundwater sources. Besides, its taste is astoundingly good too!
Having all those things affecting you: the calm atmosphere of the cities, as well as the freshest air and the crystal clean water, there is a high chance to receive an urge to relax and move towards your daily targets at a slow pace, as if your whole day is a chilled stroll.
Part 3: Icy Winters
There are numerous reasons to spend your winter vacation in Finland. Everyone knows that this snowy wonderland is the home of Santa! But, that’s not everything. Despite the occasional temperature drops below -20 centigrade, it doesn’t feel as cold as one may think. The dry climate of Finland would make you feel much warmer during winter than climates of the countries of central Europe. Besides, there are several guides throughout the internet that could help you to prepare for the Finnish winter, such as visitfinland.com, for instance.
So, yes, there will be a thick layer of snow around, as well as shorter daylight hours, not to mention the unusually low temperatures. In other hand, there are less tourists, stunning snowy landscapes and various winter activities that could not be discovered in warmer destinations! You may go chasing down the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights, ride a husky sledge, visit a traditional sauna, or even take a selfie with Santa himself! The choice is broad.
Just make sure that you’ll arrive in time to experience those events and activities that depend on snow, such as in January or February. Nevertheless, if you came here at the beginning of spring, there is still a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of winter and snow related activities with an only difference of extended daylight hours.