Best Places to Visit in Finland

I've been to Finland 4 times. Each time I go, I gain more and more respect for the strong connection with nature that Finns have and the ability to really take it all in - to be silent. On my most recent visit, I discovered the Kvarken Archipelago, Finland's only natural UNESCO Heritage Site, which remains my very favourite place in the country to-date!But despite their calm exteriors, the Finns also have a crazy side! They can drink in a manner which would challenge the Russians, they love karaoke and prisoners are allowed to use the sauna once a week! Seriously! Who knew!

adventure travel in Finland
  • reindeer images from Lapland Finland

Spotlight on Reindeer: 10 Things You Need to Know

While reindeer are most famously known for pulling Santa's sleigh, there's so much to discover

  • traveling along Iron Curtain Trail in Finland

7 Must-See Sites on the Iron Curtain Trail in Finland

Must see sites along the Iron Curtain Trail in Finland whether you cycle or drive the 1700 km long route! It's in many remote areas that off-the-beaten path type travellers will enjoy exploring.

  • adventure cycling in Finland on the EuroVelo 13 Iron Curtain Trail

Cycling EuroVelo 13 in Finland: Everything You Need to Know

All your questions answered about what you really need to know about cycling the EuroVelo 13 (Iron Curtain) Route in Finland!

  • adventures of cycling EuroVelo 13 across Finland

How to Cycle the Eurovelo 13 Alone Across Finland!

What happens when you take a girl who has never cycled more than 20km 6 weeks before she is about to cycle the Eurovelo 13: The Iron Curtain Trail 1500km across the remotest parts of Finland...alone?

  • wolverine watching in Lentiira Finland

The Best Wolverine and Bear Watching in Finland

Lentiira is one of the best places for both wolverine and bear watching in Finland! I saw 2 of each on my overnight wildlife safari!

  • reindeer meat and mashed potatoes is a popular Finnish food

10 Finnish Foods You Need to Try

Finnish food is a mystery to most people that haven't been to Finland, but it's another great reason to visit Finland. And yes reindeer is delicious, not to mention nutritious!

  • The Saimaa ringed seal is only found in Lake Saimaa in Savonlinna, Finland

Why Today is the Best Time to See a Saimaa Ringed Seal

Today is the best time to see a Saimaa Ringed Seal in Savonlinna, Finland because with only 300 remaining, they are critically endangered...and may not be around tomorrow!

  • I will cycle by Lake Inari in Lapland, Finland

Adventure Cycling to the Most Northern Point in Finland

I'm beyond excited to announce my most EPIC trip yet - cycling the Iron Curtain Trail (EV 13) 1600km across Finland! As a bonus, I finish in Nuorgam, the most northern point in Finland and in the EU!

  • Black grouse. Photo by Jari Peltomäki.

The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

Liminka Bay is the number one bird watching spot in Finland, according to wildlife photographer Jari Peltomäker, who promises that he's not biased. You can find over 200 bird species there!

  • View over Maakalla island and Finland's smallest parsonage.

Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland

Kalajoki and Maakalla may not be well-known outside of Finland, but that's what makes them

  • adventure travel in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland's only natural UNESCO site

Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise.

Why I Think the Finns Are Crazy

I have a confession to make. I’ve always thought the Finns might be crazy. Now

Oulu, Finland: A Photojourney to a Subarctic City

Oulu, Finland is the largest city in northern Finland and also of the most populous northern cities in the world. Despite this I had never heard of it.

  • Rudolph, one of the reindeer at a reindeer farm near Iso-Syöte, Finland

Meeting Rudolph at a Reindeer Farm in Finland

Visiting a reindeer farm near Iso-Syöte in Finland, I learned that it's a good thing to be named "Rudolph"- along with some unexpected Finnish cooking tips.

Finnish Cooking Methods: According to an Eccentric Reindeer Farmer

On a visit to a reindeer farm I learned some rather interesting Finnish cooking methods, from none other than an eccentric reindeer farmer.

5 Fun Facts About Finland

Fun facts about Finland. For example, did you know that prisoners are allowed to use the sauna in Finland - but only once a week? Find out why here:

Drink Like a Finn: Finnish Drinks You Should Try At Least Once

Finnish drinks have a wide range of flavors from lemonade to salty black licorice to pine tar. There's something for almost every palate!

Finn for a Day in Oulu, Finland

I become a Finn - well I felt like it for one day at least in Oulu, Finland. I might even have been more Finnish than most Finns were - if only I could stay in the sauna for longer.

  • snowmobiling in Iso-Syöte, Finland

Iso-Syöte: Traveling Like the Locals

Cruising at top speed through the forests of Iso-Syöte in Finland got my heart racing. Who knew that snowmobiling was so much fun?

Snowshoeing on the Baltic Sea near Oulu, Finland

I love snowshoeing! More weekends than not i can be found snowshoeing and l ast weekend I was fortunate enough to snowshoe on the Baltic Sea near Oulu in Finland.