There are plenty of special ways to experience Finland, and they’ll vary depending on which season you choose to visit. It’s a big country divided into the four main regions of Helsinki area, Lakeland, Archipelago, and Lapland. Whether it’s a summer or winter journey to the land of the thousand lakes, the trick is to get active. Rolling hills, deep green forests and a seemingly never-ending collection of glistening lakes are the heart of the Finnish identity. In the east lies Saimaa, yet another pristine blue lake which is home to the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most endangered species in the world. Take a steamboat from Kuopio or Savonlinna for a gloriously scenic journey on the water, and when winter comes, a gentle cruise is replaced by ice-skating on frozen lakes or venturing out on snowmobile tracks.
But Finland is more than just vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Vibrant cities, like the capital, Helsinki, drench the country's southern areas with world-renowned design and established music scenes. A mesh of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and stylish bars with local quirk bring a pulsating rhythm to this travel destination.