I visited Finland for the first time back in June, and instantly fell in love with the tranquility, way of life and of course the iconic midnight sun. Here is my ultimate 4 day guide that will get you to all the best bits of Finland and leave you wanting more. From sweeping national parks and waterlily lakes to treehouse villages and smoke saunas, Finland really is one of the most exciting places to be for the summer.
DAY 1 – Helsinki: Finland’s foodie paradise
Fly into Helsinki with Finnair and begin your Nordic adventure. The country’s buzzing capital is small yet seriously sophisticated, and is definitely the place to be if you’re into creative eating…
For your first evening activity, head up to the rooftop Ateljée Bar to watch the sun set behind the dusky skyline. With magnificent sweeping views of the city, this place has to be a must for any sunset lover.
DAY 2: The Kimito Islands: Lighthouses, Cafés, The Great Outdoors
Head out to the islands of the Turku Archipelago – the Kimito islands to be exact. The islands must be reached by ferry from the mainland.
A picturesque cycle route along the coastal trail of Kimito will bring you to the tranquil oasis that is Westers Garden. The owners pride themselves on making everything from the vegetables and herbs that are grown in their garden alongside the manor.
Standing alone on the island at 52 metres above sea level, it is easy to see why Bengtskär is a popular destination with visitors. The lighthouse often hosts exhibitions and events, and if you have time why not spend a night in the boutique hotel in the tower?
Take the short ferry journey to Högsåra island where you will find the sweet and picturesque Farmors Café known for its freshly baked cakes and local delicacies. Söderlångvik Manor, an elegant villa dating back to the 1500’s is only a stone’s throw away, a must for anyone in search of Finnish history.
DAY 3: Treehouses & Underground Saunas
If you want to feel like a woodland fairy, take a trip to the Storfinnhova Forest Village where you will find a handful of treehouses hidden high up amongst the trees.
If you can picture the lost boys’ underground hideout in Peter Pan, then you aren’t far off imagining the underground candle-lit smoke-sauna that weaves around the forest creak.
Stretching across two levels, the water from the upper basin flows down through the underground stream and cascades down into the pool below. Simply heavenly.
DAY 4: National Parks & Waterlily Lakes
Wake up refreshed after your night in the forest and take a short ferry to another of Finland’s absolute treasures: Teijo National Park. A nature lovers dream, activities include rowing, wild swimming, canoeing and strolling around the many waterlily lakes.
No visit to the area is complete without a visit to Mathildedal Brewery and Bakery for the most delicious freshly baked bread and thirst-quenching beer.
Just nearby, a budding baker named Ada Bakes bakes the most divine cakes I have ever tasted – make sure to check out her family’s Ironworks village if you’re passing through.
After lunch, head back to the capital and on to the airport to catch your flight home. Rest assured you’ll be back soon, I promise you won’t able to stay away. 🙂
I was a guest of Visit Finland on this trip.