Finnish Nature

Finland is a very sparsely inhabited country with big forests and untouched nature.  It is the only country in the world to have so many lakes throughout the land187 888! While the Southern Finland is mostly flat, except for some bumps here and there, the Northern part has big hills and top North areas are covered with snowy mountains. For anyone interested in outdoor activities in the virgin nature, Finland is a nice place for hiking, cycling, rowing, canoing, camping or doing sports, like rock climbing.

We begin our journey from the Southernmost tip of Finland. The Åland Islands (Achvenanmaa)near Turku include thousands of small pieces of land. This is a Swedish-speaking area with an autonomous government. Åland is great for fishing and hiking. Exploring the unexplored...I hear (hush hush!) there are hidden treasures beneath the waters in the Finnish archipelago. You probably need to find insiders to take you on a treasure hunt in the sea.

Finland has a one-of-a-kind Westcoast with real beaches like Yytteri in Pori. Yyterri's got six kilometers of Sahara-like fine sand and dunes for walking, with decent wind-surfing in the open sea. The Yytteri beach is located at the Gulf of Bothnia. The West coast is also windy. Take for instance the North-West city of Kokkola, where Aura lived while she was studying. She says that it's windy there all the time.

Finland also has lots of green forests, water, and plenty of open fields in theSouthern parts of the country. Picture yourself flying in a helicopter. Looking down, you see dark green woods comprised of spruce trees and patches of lakes, dark-blue in color. This blue-green combo in Southern Finland is visible particularly while flying into Finland by airplane, when you’re approaching land.

Traveling North of Tampere, you can find mountains which are treeless.You’ll see a lot of these large bald hills when you’re on your way to Kuusamo, or better yet to Rovaniemi, Lapland, to see Santa.

The Weather

Another aspect of Finland tourists also find attractive is its four distinctive seasons. The Finnish winter months are very snowy and in some areas during this time there’s lots of ice. By contrast, the summer season is warm and dry, with occasional July showers.  Fall in Finland matches its name well, because that’s when the leaves start fallingfrom the trees to the ground. The country displays its true colors at Ruska time, with bright bursts of orange, yellow, red and brown, followed by a season when the weather toggles between snow and rain. The cold winter approaches in October, bringing cooler temperatures with snow. It usually begins melting at the end of March. By the month of May most of the snow in Southern Finland has melted.