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Flights to Finland
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This Nordic country is popularly known by its nickname, the Land of the Midnight Sun. Finland, more than any other country, is favored by most iconic of Finnish natural phenomena, the Midnight Sun. The northern Finish Lapland in particular, the sun stays up for more than 70 consecutive days during summer. It is these nightless nights sets Finland apart as a summer holiday destination.
Yet the magical experiences offered by this country does not stop there. Spotting the spectacular light show that is the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis glowing in the sky between September and March is also one of the major draws to Finland.
Finland is also called “the land of a thousand lakes” and has approximately 188,000 lakes, which is about 10% of the country in area and an equivalent large number of islands which in turn have their own lakes.
Truly, Finland packs a variety of enchanting experiences in its natural beauty.
Finland is a modern and technologically advanced country but still retains a casual outdoorsy character offers treasure trove of unspoiled nature. Its vast landscape offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation in any season, from winter sports in the Lapland to hiking trails and camping in its numerous national parks. The Finns’ favorite pastimes include sauna, swimming, skiing, fishing and barbecuing.
Finland has borders with Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and Sweden to the west. It is Europe’s 8th largest nation with a population of about 5.5 million people. Majority of the population is composed of native people or Finns. Finnish is widely spoken throughout the country while Swedish is also one of the country’s two official languages.
The country enjoys the four seasons and thus a popular year round destination. People visit in June to August to explore southern Finland and the Lakeland. June to July is also a peak period with Finnish holidays and night lights. October and February-March are ideal months for visiting northern Finland to enjoy winter activities and the northern lights in the Lapland.
Finland boasts of many world-famous attractions and UNESCO heritage sites. Here is a selection of points of interest in Finland:
The capital city, Helsinki is also the largest city in Finland. It has a vibrant cultural scene and is packed with great architecture. Situated along the Baltic Sea, Helsinki offers many notable attractions that include the Finlandia Hall, the Helsinki Senate Square, the Temppeliaukio Church also known as Rock Church, and the distinctive Neoclassic Helsinki Cathedral.
Jyväskylä is a must-visit for architecture buffs for its large collection of Alvar Aalto buildings. The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland are notable examples.
The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular attractions in Helsinki. It is just a short 15-minute ferry trip away from Downtown Helsinki.
Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland's most romantic castle, especially during the yearly Opera Festival. The beautifully restored castle contains a number of elegant rooms used for receptions and conferences. The castle has three massive round towers, and in one of them, the Church Tower, is a small chapel, still used for worship and weddings.
Hämeenlinna Castle in Hämeenlinna is a distinctive red brick castle and is Finland's oldest castle built in 13th century.
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With its thousands of lakes and a long coastline, fish is a Finnish staple. Traditional Finnish dishes also include game, berries, mushrooms and even meat of reindeer. Finnish cuisine is influenced Russia, Sweden and continental cuisine. However, a variety of dining options including traditional and other cuisines are easily available across the country.
Finland is noted for its design and its glassware, ceramics, home ware and furniture. Additionally, the country is also known for its traditional handicrafts especially Sami jewelry, handwoven rugs, fishing & hunting knives and Lappish cups.
Finland's main international hub is the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, situated in the neighbouring town of Vantaa. It is Finland's global gateway with scheduled non-stop flights to most major capitals of the world. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world. Around 30 foreign airlines fly to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Other important airports in Finland are located at Tampere, Lapepeenranta and Turku.
Flights are the fastest but generally also the most expensive way of getting around. Finnair and some smaller airlines operate domestic flights from Helsinki.
The Finnish rail system is called VR and it offers intercity and express trains throughout the country, and the faster Pendolino trains connecting the major cities. Long-distance coach connections to practically all parts of Finland are also available. Bus is also the only way to travel in Lapland, since the rail network doesn't extend to the extreme north.
Car rental is possible in Finland but generally expensive. Finnish taxis are comfortable and safe, but also expensive.
Finland is truly unique. It is country that delightfully blends together its natural beauty, contemporary design and technology, traditional heritage and friendly people. Plan your holiday to the Land of the Midnight Sun now. Compare flights then book your airline tickets to Finland using Skyscanner Philippines.
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