Luxury Holidays in Finland: an Overview

Welcome to the country given such a merciless ribbing by Monty Python back in the 70s. Altogether now: 'Finland, Finland, Finland, the country where I quite want to be. Pony trekking or camping, or just watching TV.' Fairly damning satire, agreed, but amazingly enough there is other stuff to do besides watching the box or sleeping in a tent, and fortunately we at Original Travel know just where to do it.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Finnish Lapland is a winter wonderland. No wonder this is where Father Christmas chooses to hang out

Adventure Holidays in Finland

This is a country dominated by lakes and trees. In fact Finland is home to an amazing 187,888 lakes, and what's not covered with water is pretty much all forest - 75% to be precise. That's a staggering proportion to grasp, especially for us Brits who inhabit a country with one of Europe's smallest woodland percentages.

In winter you can add in another factor - snow, and lots of it, and this guaranteed abundance of the white stuff is what primarily attracted us to this beautiful country. Finnish Lapland straddles the Arctic Circle, and as a result experiences fairly chilly winter temperatures and guaranteed snow. Not such an attractive prospect in principle, except when you add in some truly original places to stay (ice caves or glass-topped igloos, anyone?) and epic activities to be had in the forests of the north. Finnish Lapland is a superb place to enjoy Arctic holiday adventures from dog-sledding and snowmobile safaris to snow-shoeing and meeting the native Saami people, many of whom still live a nomadic life criss-crossing the northern borders of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Or you could just watch TV.

Did you know

  • Finland has over 180,000 lakes larger than 500 square metres
  • Finland is also called 'the land of midnight sun', because in June and July the sun shines all day and night in the north
  • And in the winter the sun doesn't rise above the horizon
  • There are 2 million saunas in Finland
  • A traditional Finnish dish is Karelian pasty, which is made from rice crust and filled with rice
  • They drink more coffee per person than any other nation in the world

Top picks for Finland

Torassiepi

Torassiepi

Finland

An authentic reindeer farm dating back to 1847, Torassiepi is a charming and low key place to appreciate the beauty of Finnish Lapland and the locals’ way of life.

Where to stay

Hullu Poro Penthouse

Hullu Poro Penthouse

Finland

Located in the heart of Levi, the Hullu Poro Penthouse is the most luxurious place to stay in town, and the ideal solution for families not keen on the idea of staying in igloos, cabins or snow hotels.

Where to stay

Levi Spirit Finland

Levi Spirit

Finland

This group of salubrious villas on the edge of the Ounasjoki River are the height of luxury amongst the wilds to the Arctic.

Where to stay

Arctic Tree House

Arctic Tree House

Finland

Cosy treetop nests with fantastic views out over the Arctic wilderness. Each tree house pod has a glass feature-wall, making guests feel at one with the glittering forest from the comfort of their luxurious Scandinavian suite.

Where to stay

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Beana Laponia

Finland

Beana Laponia is a boutique, adult only hotel in the Finnish wilderness away from most light pollution, in the perfect location for spotting the Northern Lights and star lit dog sledding.

Where to stay

Interior shot at the Levi Igloos

Levi Igloos

Finland

The Levi Igloos are located just seven miles from the bustling town of Levi and with unobstructed landscapes, glistening night skies and untamed wilderness they provide a welcome escape into Northern Finland.

Where to stay

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