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Despite popular belief, Finland isn’t just a winter holiday destination. With the iconic tales of the illuminating Northern Lights, magical visits to Santa in Lapland and snow-covered ski resorts to explore – it’s easy to see how this misconception has been created.
But Finland offers a wide range of summer activities and stunning places to explore during the warmer months.
Discover why Finland summer holidays are the perfect choice for any traveller today.
Finland Midnight Sun
Experience endless summer days in Finland – the Land of the Midnight Sun. Contrasting with the dark Arctic winters, nature provides 24 hours of sunlight throughout the warmer months in some parts of the country. With this natural phenomena being a staple of Finnish summer, public spaces thrive with people spending time outside enjoying this short-but-sweet burst of summer sunlight.
And with the nights almost as light as the days, this gives any traveller ample time to explore the beauty the country has to offer – at any time they please. Perhaps a nocturnal swim is on the cards? With lakes and sea waters warmed up for the entire season across day and night, it would almost be rude not to! Or for the more adventurous, by night-time, take to the mountains to go hiking, canoe across the waters or simply take time out to participate in some nocturnal fishing instead.
A main national holiday in Finland, Summer Solstice is widely celebrated and known here as Midsummer Eve. Many Finns begin their summer holidays on Midsummer Eve on June’s longest day of the year. Typically, this holiday is spent either partying with friends or family, or taking a trip out of town to a summer cottage and relaxing. Seen as the beginning of the warmer weather, Midsummer festivities involve bonfires, bathing in saunas, barbeques, fishing and more summer pastimes.
The country is also renowned for being home to a wide selection of festivals that often take place during the summer months. From jazz and rock to opera and folk festivals, Finland is bustling with life come summer time. Take a trip to the theatre or enjoy chamber music events – Finland hosts large-scale events to small local gatherings.
So, whatever your music taste or party preference, you can find exciting summer events in Finland to attend on your next holiday.
Another misconception is that Finland is only a winter holiday destination as it holds host to mainly cool temperatures, perfect to witness the Northern Lights or embracing the snowy season. However, temperatures in Finland in the summer range from about 15°C – 32°C and roughly last from June to August. This leads to around 100 days of warm weather – meaning you have plenty of time to enjoy a Finland summer holiday.
As the capital of Finland, Helsinki is known for its seaside location, green parks and Finnish culture oozing from every corner. But why is Helsinki the perfect choice for a summer holiday? The archipelago of the capital city consists of around 330 islands – perfect for summer time travellers to explore and escape the bustling city life. One of the most popular islands to visit in summer is Pihlajasaari – famous for its stunning sandy beaches and brightly coloured changing rooms, this island is perfect for a seaside picnic.
Another top summer activity when visiting Helsinki is the SkyWheel and Original SkySauna. Situated looking over the harbour skyline, this 40m high SkyWheel lets you gaze over the islands of Helsinki and the capital city in a climate-controlled cabin. The SkySauna allows you to experience a traditional Finnish sauna combining a sauna cabin with a hot tub on the ground. Find out more information about the best things to do in Helsinki today.
Described as Finland’s best kept secret, Lake Saimaa is the perfect getaway for a Finland summer holiday. As the country’s largest lake, this area spans immense natural beauty surrounded by fragrant pines and over 13,000 tiny islands scattered across the area. While there, you can enjoy the purity of the lake, with water so clear it’s even drinkable in some places.
Explore Lake Saimaa’s nature trails through the forests – home to vast wildlife, and then take a refreshing dip in the warm waters of the lake during summer months. However, Lake Saimaa is also a great place to visit in the winter – here you can witness the magnificent Northern Lights over a snowy landscape.
And of course, there’s nothing more Finnish than a traditional sauna – and Lake Saimaa has ample to try.
Whether it’s taking to a smoke sauna, an ice sauna or the traditional experience, saunas are the perfect activity regardless of season.
The ultimate recommendation for physical and mental cleansing, they’re often filled with incredible scents and a Finnish sauna whisk made of birch twigs, which allows you to give your skin a work-over during your relaxation session. Lake Saimaa and saunas go hand in hand – meaning it’s a must on your Finland bucket list!
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Situated in the heart of the region, Savonlinna is one of the towns in the Lake Saimaa area. With its name meaning “Castle of Savonia”, the lively city is home to around 35,000 people and built upon a series of islands – so Lake Saimaa is never far away. If you love spending time among nature, the forests and shores of the Savonlinna area are the perfect choice for your next holiday. Spend your time swimming in the lakes and spas, climbing rock faces or even treating yourself to a game of golf under the rays of the Midnight Sun.
Savonlinna Opera Festival
Savonlinna is also home to the Opera Festival – held in Olavinlinna castle, this annual event is the talk of the town, and not one to miss. This festival typically runs for around a month between July and August, providing audiences with a range of operatic entertainment to enjoy from comic opera to operetta and more. Interested in seeing this for yourself?
With Long Travel, experience our relax, rejuvenate and opera itinerary – a 4-night 5-day trip, perfect for those interested in well-being, the natural world and, of course, the opera.
Discover The Land of a Thousand Lakes – our bespoke itinerary which focusses specifically on the wonders Savonlinna has to offer. For more information about your next luxury tailor-made holiday, speak to one of our experts.
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