From experiencing authentic Finnish culture and cuisine to the saunas and cottages by the thousands of freshwater lakes; here are the best reasons to visit Finnish Lakeland.
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Finns are known to have a strong connection to nature and the best work-like balance in the world — and we're more happy to share our secrets! Many Finns escape to Lakeland to truly kick back and relax, and we think you should, too.
Some call them cottages or cabins, others call them summer houses. No matter what the title is, Lakeland is full of them! Rent a private cottage or stay in a resort, relaxation is guaranteed.
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If the very essence of Finland were to be summed up in a single experience, it would be the extraordinary sensation that comes from dipping into a chilly lake after a visit to the sauna. You'll feel relaxed like never before! You can find saunas at cottages, hotels, and in cities, like Tampere, where public saunas are widely available. There are even saunas made of ice!
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Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes and most of them are located in Lakeland. These clean, freshwater lakes provide an excellent opportunity for year-round activities, from kayaking and swimming in the summer to ice-skating and cross-country skiing in the winter.
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In Lakeland, you'll find many cultural events in charming towns from the Savonlinna Opera Festival to the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and everything in between. Lakeland is also a great place to discover charming towns and authentic Finnish cuisine. Try a local delicacy, like karjalanpiirakka or kalakukko. They are a must!
Here's a look at some of the most interesting towns and destinations around the Lakeland area.
Here are a few sample journeys through Lakeland with suggestions for what to see, eat and do. When you find something you like, click the heart icon to save it.