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Things To Do On Holiday in Finland

Apr 26, 2008
Finland is becoming a more popular family holiday destination for families staying in self catering apartments and holiday cottages. Finland is the Nordic country located in Northern Europe. It borders Sweden, Russia, Norway and Estonia.

Finland is also known as the City of Water due to the presence of thousands of lakes. The country is made up of a large number of islands as opposed to continuous land. The Saimaa Lake in Finland is the fifth largest lake in Europe. The lakes are surrounded by beautiful holiday cottages that can be rented direct from the holiday home owners.

Similar to any other Nordic country, Finland also has a temperate climate. Some of the places in Finland experience the sub Arctic climate. This means severely cold winters in some places. Many families come to Finland and stay in one of the many chalets or holiday cottages to experience the skiing. The summers are relatively warm.

Other places in Finland experience a combination of continental and maritime climate. Few parts of the country are located above the Arctic Circle. As a result, situations such as midnight sun can occur. Lapland is the most affected place by the midnight sun.

Holidaying in Finland is exciting due to a large number of attractions. The country is home to a combination of modern and contented towns and untouched natural beauty. The famous mythical residence of Santa Clause and the Korvatunturi Mountain are in Finland. Thousands of families come to Finland each year staying in holiday villas and self catering apartments especially for the children to see Santa.

Finland's Savolinna town is famous for the Olavinlinna castle. This was the military castle founded in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott. The castle has three towers. These were used for keeping an eye on the troubled border between Russia and Sweden. Apart from the magnificent structure of the castle, tourists can go inside and see the small exhibitions. The Castle Museum holds the collection of artefacts that were found in the castle. The other exhibition named Orthodox Museum holds the collection of religious artefacts and icons. Near to the castle are many holiday homes and cottages all available to rent.

Many tourists come to Finland and stay in a holiday apartment or cottage and use these as a base to explore the local culture. The Finish people proudly boast that their country has the best scenery in the whole of Europe. Lovers of nature and wildlife will be pleasantly surprised while visiting Finland. The country has 35 national parks. Hiking and cycling are also extremely popular here. Cycling on the known tracks is the best way to interact with the nature here. Visitors stay in or near to some of the national parks by renting a holiday cottage or apartment.

Punkaharju ridge is another famous spot in Finland. It is the best place for driving. The tourists generally hire a car from the local towns and ride on this ridge. The famous city of Savonlinna is nearby. Most of the cottages in Punkaharju face out onto some of the most beautiful lakes around.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It is one of the fastest growing on line holiday home rental websites.To see an example of why Direct Holiday Bookings is growing so rapidly have a look at Holiday Home Rentals in Finland
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