12 Reasons to travel to Finland in 2017


Finland is a little hidden gem located far up North. Just back from a two-week trip traveling in Finland, and I feel like I want to move over to Finland and stay for a while. I found so many reasons to travel to Finland in no time, I can't wait to share it with all of you lovely travellers.




Photo from : http://www.nordicadventuretrails.com/discografie/
1) The Northern Lights in Finland
It's definitely on my bucket list this year! I couldn't make it for Northern Lights during my trip to Finland two weeks ago as the schedule is quite full, but I'm definitely going back again for this. The best place to spot northern lights is in Lapland Finland. They also called it The Aurora Borealis, more likely appear over 200 nights a year in Lapland, it's almost every night. This year you can take witness the northern lights to the next level as several northern destinations are opening up new and unique accommodation options.





2) Creative Food & Fine Dining in Finland
I've travelled to a few European countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland, but I found Finland is the only place that I can survive without instant cup noodle even after two weeks. Finland has really creative and quality food scene that bright up my everyday. And I realised Helsinki, Finland's capital has the most vibrant food scenes in Europe. Their food is super delicious and detailed, really happy that I've tried a lot of good food and it's definitely a place for food hunting.





3) Instagram-worthy places & postcards view in Finland
I can easily take an instagram-worthy photo like this in Finland. They have way too many postcard's view scenery in this country! You can simply just snap it with your phone and it comes out like wow! I really love every corner and every part of this country. Space to breathe, time to dream. You can find these treasures in Finland, where the lakes are many and the people are few.



Photo from one of my favorite travel blogger, Sofia:

4) Finland is the safest place in the world.
I feel safe walking alone in city parks or use public transport regardless of the hour. Finland also one of the few countries where lost wallets and mobile phones get returned based on Reader's Digest. People are so kind and honest, super pure and loved, I feel that this is the place that people aren't "polluted". The extremely low-level of crime makes Finland an ideal place for solo travelers, families and elderly travelers who might feel more vulnerable than others in cities that are known to have their fair share of crime. 



Photo from Hanna

5) Everyone speaks English in Finland
It's so easy to communicate with the people here as everyone speaks English, perfect for solo traveller too, you can simply ask anyone on the road if you need any help. 




Photo from www.keliautigera.lt

6) I admire the "honesty system" in Finland
There won't be anyone go into the tram to check your ticket, or anyone issue you a fine if you didn't pay for your car park. Everyone just does what they need to do by default. The Finns are so honest and this really impressed me! In many countries, rules are implemented and use to control and guide people to do what they should have done to make things fair. But in Finland, they seem don't really need any of this, they will passively do the Right Thing by their own. I love this culture, it just made me feel love everywhere! It should be like this in anywhere in the world!



Meet my beautiful Finnish friend - Hanna 

7) Asian are so welcomed by the people in Finland
This is what I strongly feel when I was in Finland! You hardly see Asians in Finland and maybe that's the reason why the Finnish are so happy when they see us in their country haha! They are so friendly and they will just talk to you no matter you are in a tram or in a coffee shop. I feel so welcomed and I couldn't get this feeling in any other European country so far. And I found myself loving Finland more and more because of the people! 




8) Art & Design district in Finland
Finland is a true design nation! Finnish culture and a strong craft tradition have brought up some of the world's most impressive designs, designers and designs related brands. I love one of their famous brands - Marimekko, it's not just something you see but something you experience. And their art centres are also must-visit places to spend an afternoon during your trip with no regrets.



Photo from http://www.fragrantica.com
9) Sauna is everywhere here in Finland
Sauna is such a big thing in Finland! It's a common recreational activity where Finns go both to socialize and use for its relaxation purposes. There are reportedly three million saunas in Finland, a lot of them in private households. You can also experience the sauna and followed by dipping yourself into the ice hole, how cool!



Photo from visitfinland.com
10) Santa Claus is from Finland
Did you know Santa Claus is from Finland, and you can meet him in person??? You can visit to Santa's office and enjoy a private chat with him at Rovaniemi each day of the year! I can't wait to see him and take unlimited selfies with him and the reindeers.





11) Stop Over in Finland
I've experienced the Stop Over activities in Finland and it was Amazing! It you fancy a peaceful break while traveling between continents like me, Finland is the place to stop and breathe! Their StopOver option provides passengers time to explore Finland from 5 hours to 5 days with endless possibilities to build your itinerary. You can do hiking like me in the National Park which is just half an hour drive away from Helsinki city, or simply spend half a day shopping and cafe-hopping in the city.





12) Most beautiful people in the world
Tall, fair, blue-eyed Vikings and beautiful blonde women are found in Finland! I met a few of them and they are so gorgeous! And I guess this is a super good reason to visit Finland haha! By the way, can I have their crystal blue eyes please?




So what are you waiting for?
I'm planning for my next trip already haha!!!



5 comments

Derek4Real said...

The honor system is AMAZING! Love it. So easy, so simple, so efficient! Shame about the northern lights though but like you said, it's a reason to come back. Our host in Lapland said the best time of year for viewing the lights is September because of the good weather and clear skies. Plus it would be kind of cool to see the other side of Finland, when it's not freezing and only light for 6hrs a day lol

Derek4Real said...

The honor system is AMAZING! Love it. So easy, so simple, so efficient! Shame about the northern lights though but like you said, it's a reason to come back. Our host in Lapland said the best time of year for viewing the lights is September because of the good weather and clear skies. Plus it would be kind of cool to see the other side of Finland, when it's not freezing and only light for 6hrs a day lol

niko & saara said...

Thank you for your kind words on my country :)
Just a small correction: while the "honor system" does work better than in most countries, there are ticket inspectors and parking tickets are issued. In fact if you reguralry commute with a tram, you will see people getting caught many times a week and issued fines. There is actually a club that pools their money to collectively pay for the fines which will be cheaper on a yearly basis compared to actually buying the monthly pass. Also the parking tickets are a national source of outrage for many Finns. You see, the downside in Finland is that we are accustomed to getting our way and get it free so we don't really like to pay for public services. A downside of the governmemt taking too good of a "care" of us i suppose :).

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