I am a quite stereotypical Finn. I´m a little shy and not very comfortable around new people at first. I really like to keep my physical distance with people. I don´t brag or make noise about myself, but I´m a loud fan of ice hockey when Leijonat gets a chance to show its skills at world championship. I´m also a proud supporter and amateur player of Finnish national sport pesäpallo. I love traditional Finnish foods like rye bread and salty licorice and our family’s Mämmi-season has always last from the end of January to early July.
Santa Claus and Christmas brings light and warm into long, cold, and dark winter. As I´ve lived most of my life in Northern Finland I have a had a chance to enjoy all the best winter activities every year, such as skiing, ice skating and snowmobile driving. A great way to spend a freezing cold winter day with friends or family is going to a lake ice fishing and roasting a sausage around campfire. I really enjoy all the four seasons. At summer you can go to your cottage to relax, swim in the pure nature water, and just listen the silence far from the city. Autumn is the best season to wander in the forests. Forests also offer a lot of delicacies you can pick and pickle for the winter, such as mushrooms and berries. Hunting is also a popular hobby, mostly among Finnish men but it has managed to grow its popularity among women also.
At spring everything wakes up and starts to bloom. It is an amazing feeling when the first sunbeams heat up your face after a long winter. I think it´s impossible to choose your favorite season since every of them can offer so much different activities.
As much as I love Finnish Karelian pastries and outdoor activities, I also appreciate other things in Finnish society, such as education and healthcare. In my opinion Finland is a great and safe place to live. I´m happy to be a Finn.
For me as a Finn nature is one of the most important thing and Finland is land of a thousand lakes. We have 188 000 lakes in Finland and you can see those everywhere. Driving through Finland in the summer you will see two colors dominating the view: green and blue. Water is a very important element for the Finns and I could never live a far away from forest and lake, and many people have cozy cottages located next to the water. Lakes are home for many animals but also important way for relaxing.
You can take a nice day cruise between different cities or you can use own / rented boat and row in different places enjoying the sun at the same time. Some cities have a city boats which you can use for free if you return it to the same place where you started.
As told earlier, Finns loves lakeside cottages. Holidays are spent with friends and families away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Boating, canoeing, fishing, barbecuing and sauna before and after swimming are basic things to do in summers. Watercrafts are also good way to see a little bit more about Finnish nature and many places rent those. I recommend to test!
Sunsets are one of the most beautiful things in summers. An evening picnic, run and night swim are definitely worth to experience during sunset. Sunsets with your own thoughts works very well too and after watching sunset alone you feel so relaxed. Oh, I’m missing summer already.. Just look at these pictures!
In winters when lakes are frozen, people are ice skating and snowmobiling on the ice. Some people likes also ice fishing, and fishers are completely normal sight on ice. When there is snow on ice, people come also skiing on frozen lakes. Finns loves also go to sauna in winters and then make a dip in freezing water. It might sound crazy, but after dipping the feeling is just so amazing!
All in all, Finnish nature is wonderful in every season!
In Finnish summer the biggest and one of the best things is to go to the summer cottage. There we spent weekends and hopefully weeks of our summer. Especially midsummer is the time when everyone goes to the cottage. And because of that, all the cities gets empty. Usually Finnish cottages are by some kind of water. And there is not that much ”modern” comfort as we have in our homes. This also depends whose cottage it is. Some people make it modern and some make it more oldish (without electricity etc.)
What to do in the cottage then? Just chill, drink, eat grilled food and go to sauna and swim in the lake. It is a place to spend peaceful holiday with friends and family (usually with friends it goes more partying than just chilling).
I think one of the important things in cottages are that they have to be ”in the middle of nowhere” further away from the cities. In the nature where is silent. Finnish summer is one of the most beautiful things what we have. And even better if it’s warm and not snowing.
When I think about Finland and Finnishness as a Finn my thoughts are directed towards the vast and beautiful nature of Finland, The forests trails, small lakes, the great Baltic sea and all the four seasons of nature’s diversity. You can always find a quiet place in Finnish nature to collect your thoughts or just to relax and enjoy the day.
The everyman rights in Finland is a one special thing which you can only find in Nordic countries. You can basically camp everywhere in nature and collect mushrooms, wild berries and unprotected plants without any permits from the landowners. These rights are not meant only for Nordic people but to all who visit Nordic countries. The nature provides for us all and we have a lot of it.
Finland is known to have thousands of lakes and you really cannot find a Finn who hasn’t swam in any of them. No matter the season there’s always some crazy Finn swimming in the nature. Sauna’s are often next to a lake and it is common to dip in between sauna sessions, the warmth of the water doesn’t matter at all, you can always go back to sauna if you are feeling cold.