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.
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.