The breathtaking endless summer nights make Finland a top European destination for families in the summer.
Finland borders Russia, Sweden, Norway at its north most point, and the Baltic Sea. This country is unique linguistically, as it’s language has both Hungarian and Swedish roots; Suomi (or Finnish) is spoken throughout Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Helsinki is the capitol of Finland, boasting most of the country’s population (89%). Summers in Finland are long and bright, dawn is around 4am, while sundown is at 11pm, making this an ideal summer destination.
Wander Helsinki, popping into the famous Hakaniemi Market for fresh fish & berries followed by a boat ride to Suomenlinna, an island fortress, to understand the rich history of Finland. After a few days in Helsinki, discovering fascinating stores and handmade goods, wander north by car and stay at a lakeside house. Hike the forests, eating wild raspberries and blueberries right off the bush and spend the evenings relaxing in a sauna and relaxing dip in the lake.
Finnish cuisine is comprised of seasonal vegetables, seafood and moose or deer meat. Finland has had a gastronomical renaissance as of the late 2000’s. Pop into a gastropub and ask for a tasting menu. The mix of berries and meats, the fresh seafood and the flash cooked veggies are divine.
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Overlooking the Baltic sea, local farmers bring their goods for sale daily. Everything from Moose Sausage to handmade soap are available here.
It's a short ferry ride from Helsinki's harbor to this UNESCO world heritage site. Explore Finland's history, including ancient times and linguistics.
Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Understand Finnish historic architecture, culture and how people survived such tough winters.
From culinary treats to unique spice blends, this market is where to eat, taste and smell Finland.
One of the oldest cities in Finland boasts stunning views, phenomental seafood and charming architecture. Only 50 km from Helsinki, it's worth an extra day to explore.
Lake House Rentals
Live like a Finn, choose a rental with a Sauna. However, be prepared: most do not have indoor plumbing!