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Lakeland Or Lapland? Finland UnPackaged

By Adharsh Arulalan - November 18, 2015
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Oh, do we all know that the Finnish have their own stylish way of living a life! But there is a lot more than their Cinnamon buns, Endless Summer Nights, Coffee and of course .. their Saunas. Although Helsinki may be the most preferred city to live at and the locals escape to the autumn woods at the old capital in Turku along the coastal archipelago, the Central and Northern part of the country hides the nation’s beauty. Check out the best places to visit across the colorful Lakeland, followed by the snowy Lapland. And then check with us on how to get there. Just a chat away, folks.

Lakeland

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Image Credit : robert_canis

Lake Vuoksa

The small Okunevy Island in the midst of the Vuoksa Lake is what separates Finland from Russia. The Vuoksi connects Lake Ladoga with central Finland and is one of the most scenic spots to kayak while the sun rises from the Russian horizon.

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Image Credit : dauntlessjaunter

Kajaani

A journey through Finland is never complete without experiencing the natural habitat of the country’s national animal. The Brown Grizzly Bears are found through out the woodsonn the russian side of lakeland and lapland borders. A good time is from the middle of April to the beginning of June when the bears have just awoken from their winter hibernation.

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Image Credit : pcwallart

Lake Saimaa

This beautiful lake lies amid the two cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra along the Russian border and scores both winter and summer activities while chilling out at its cottages and spas/sauna’s. Also known as one of the best boating lakes in the country, its shores are said to be rich in asbestos-ceramic deposits and are used in a certain type of pottery.

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Image Credit : likeme365

Also nestled by the shores of the lake is the town of Savonlinna, where the locals flock for a short cottage holiday and the annual opera festival held in the majestic Olavinlinna Castle.Check out some of the most mytical castles of Europe.

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Image Credit : operafestival

Lake Päijänne

Starting from the town of Lahti and extending up to the city of Jyväskylä, this lake is best known among the finnish for a quaint fishing holiday. The pure waters of this limpid lake provide anglers with challenges, catches and plenty of delightful sights.

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Image Credit : ohofinland

Oh and they know to live in style after a long day in the waters and a good catch. This is the kind of cabins an average family would spend .

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Image Credit : saimaa-adventures

Lapland

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Oulanka National Park

This landscape holds true for the term “lost in snow”. Spread over the Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland the park covers a huge area of unspoiled nature. The natural oasis, excites visitors with fun activities and views. With various camping areas, designated fireplaces, wooden cabins and boats available to the public, Oulanka is one of the most popular national parks in Finland and is accessible all year round.

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Image Credit : placestoseeinyourlifetime

Rovaniemi

Capital of the Finnish Lapland region and the hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is located on the Arctic Circle and serves to be the best Christmas getaway if you are planning a holiday with your children. Starting from the Santa Claus village to the Angry Birds activity arena and the Ranua Wildlife Park, this section of the lapland region keeps you waiting all year long for the holiday season to kick in.

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Image Credit : visitrovaniemi

Levi & Ylläs

Escape to the northern region of the Lapp to experience the best possible winter sports activities. Home to the longest runs in Finland with 63 slopes and 29 lifts, this is a dream come true with many possibilities for skiers and snowboarders. And there are always things for the adrenaline junkies to do.

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Image Credit : polartravel

Ivalo

As a quaint set-up amid the Inari region lies the village of Ivalo, which is known to be one of the best spot to view the Aurora Borealis. To make this a life time experience, you have the opportunity to stay in igloo’s with thermal glass roofs for you to snuggle into your comfortable quilt and look lost up into the lights with your loved ones. Neighboring villages such as Saariselkä and Nellim are some of the must visit for a relaxed getaway to feel natures love.

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Image Credit : kakslauttanen

Utsjoki

This part hails the norther region of Finland along the Norway border and its population is known to speak their own language (Sami). When life becomes too fast, nature at Utsjoki helps you to slow it down. Enjoy your time ice-fishing up in the highlands or salmon fishing along the Tana river. Or can you handle a leash well? Hop onto a sled and have your husky sled dogs guide you through the most scenic country side.

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Image Credit : stophavingaboringlife

Kilpisjärvi

This is a small village on the top of Finland’s ‘arm’ and it’s the only real alpine village in the country. With just over a 100 inhabitants and a handful of stay options, this village is the best option to halt and probably view the northern lights as well (if lady luck favors) while on a scenic road-trip to Norway.

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Image Credit : kilpiscope

Muonio

A cluster of blue highlands formed by Muonio, Olos and Pallas is known to have the cleanest environment in Europe. The beauty about these highlands are that, they have no particular season to check them out. Being beautiful and scenic all year long, it is a splendid place to enjoy a relaxing holiday and explore nature in every season.

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Image Credit : reddit

Now that you have had a peek into the Finnish Serenity, which part of the country would you pick for your next vacation?

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