Women’s Day, comes in March, like every year, but any time is a good time to disconnect and enjoy the nature and gastronomic culture of a place. And where better than in the happiest country in the world? Finland
Exploring one of the greenest countries in the world is the perfect way to relax and get to know unique places, either with friends, with your partner or on your own.
From the adrenaline rush of skiing to the relax of steaming saunas, not forgetting exceptional gourmet dinners and snowshoeing under the stars in search of the Northern Lights: Finland offers endless possibilities and unforgettable experiences, suitable for everyone and perfect for those who want to take a solo trip to find themselves.
How to visit Finland through 4 must-have experiences
Finland is known for its unspoilt nature, saunas of all kinds and lively cities such as Helsinki. That’s why Finland is the ideal destination for celebrating women all year round.
Here are four unmissable places to take care of yourself and have fun with your girlfriends:
Floating sauna and river trip in Oulu
Uncertain between a sauna and a boat ride on the river? No problem, one does not exclude the other: Koivurannan Saunalautta, the floating sauna off the city of Oulu in northern Finland, is the solution to combine and enjoy a relaxing moment with a panoramic view of the Oulujoki River.
The Floating Sauna offers private cruises and is particularly strategic when in summer, after a sauna, you want to take a dip in the refreshing river or for the more audacious who brave the icy waters in winter to practice winter swimming, a sport that regenerates body and mind.
For lovers of ancient traditions: a typical Finnish sauna
It’s impossible to pass up the thrill of a typical Finnish sauna: with more than 3 million saunas scattered throughout the country, you’re truly spoilt for choice in Finland to discover the ancient practice: from the Kesän summer sauna, run by volunteers and only open in summer, to the Teijo sauna, ideal for relaxing after a day of sport among nature.
Yoga lesson in the snow among the reindeer
A yoga class in the middle of a forest and in the sweet company of reindeer is the perfect solution if you are looking for memorable and unique experiences during a trip.
At the Kuja farm, located in Ruka Kusamoo, one of the snowiest areas in Finland, you can enjoy a variety of activities such as taking a reindeer sleigh ride or doing yoga with these wonderful animals.
The benefits of Nordic nature combined with the relaxing presence of the reindeer and yoga techniques to balance body and mind. A relaxing one-and-a-half hour session in the green and cold Finnish nature, where you can learn a lot about animals and life in the north. (Reindeer yoga requires no previous experience and is suitable for everyone )
Northern Lights: magical atmospheres under the stars in Lapland
In Lapland during the winter months you can admire one of nature’s most beautiful performances, the Northern Lights. It is a light game generated by the solar winds that needs the darkness of night to show itself in all its splendour.
Late September is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights, until early April. To enjoy it in all its splendour, Visit Finland recommends 15 different hotels. Whether it’s a glass-roofed hut, an igloo or a tree house, this is certainly one of the most magical once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
For outdoor life lovers
The alternative for those who love outdoor activities is to go in search of the Northern Lights on snowshoes, skis, snowmobile or dog sled. Once you have chosen the place, all you need is clear skies and a bit of luck. Seeing it is not a given, but there are several apps and sites that advise where and when to see it based on the weather conditions!
City break: Helsinki, capital of design and culture
Charming, colourful, sustainable. We are talking about one of the most liveable and safe cities in the world, perfect for a solo trip or a trip with friends. Helsinki is famous for its dynamic character, its Nordic charm and for being one of the design capitals.
Besides cultural attractions, there are also many leisureactivities and experiences in this city that let you discover old Finnish traditions. For example, the famous Löyly Sauna, a social hub of design and sustainability, located on the capital’s waterfront, which has three wood-fired saunas and a year-round swimming pool, as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy typical Finnishdelicacies.
When it comes to gastronomy, Helsinki is also a very interesting city in this respect: a famous speciality is cured Baltic herring, which can be tasted in the historic market that dates back to 1743. Helsinki is a surprising capital that attracts with its cosmopolitan soul that coexists with nature. During a weekend in the capital, an excursion to one of the many small islands that can be reached from the city by ferry is a must.
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