This is a feature from Issue 15 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.
Home to an estimated three million saunas, it’s a way of life for Finnish society. Visit in spring to feel revitalised and sample a sauna at your accommodation or find a public one in the city. In Helsinki, Löyly is one of the most iconic and well-known public saunas, or take a dip in the icy lake or Baltic sea to make your sauna experience truly Finnish.
The Lakeland area – in Central and eastern Finland – has 180,000 lakes. Great to visit throughout the year, it comes into its own in summer, when the weather is mild and the days are longest. Recharge and reconnect with nature and, depending on the time of year, enjoy everything from cruises and fishing to stand up paddleboarding and swimming.
Visitors are often surprised to find out that autumn is a great time to view the Northern Lights. And in Finland, there are plenty of extraordinary places to stay to view them from, including aurora domes, snow castles, glass cabins, wilderness lodges and tree houses.
Finland is a proper winter wonderland, and the season kicks off in November in Lapland (a bit later in the south). With all that snow and ice around, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including skiing, snowmobiling, fat biking, ice-skating, husky and reindeer safaris, visiting Santa and Christmas markets.