- Finland Luxury holidays
Finland is a rather different destination for a luxury holiday, with much of the country very cold, especially during the winter, and a band of the Boreal Forest passing through it too. This all adds to its appeal for holidaymakers who are more interested in snow than sun - not to mention, of course, the chance to visit Finnish Lapland and perhaps meet Santa Claus in person.
Finland's midnight sun
The north of Finland is not just home to Santa and wildlife including reindeer and wolverines; it is also the land of the midnight sun, with around a quarter of the country located north of the Arctic Circle. This means that for a certain period of the year, the sun does not set at all, while there is a corresponding period during which it does not rise. The most extreme example is at Finland's most northerly point, and here the sun stays above the horizon for 73 consecutive summer days, and sets for a 51-day period of unbroken darkness in the winter.
The natural wonder of Finland
Even without the attraction of Santa Claus and the non-setting sun, Finland's northern reaches have plenty to offer. Throughout the country there are pine forests and lakes, creating a stunning landscape that can look as though it has been frozen into a picture postcard image on the clear and crisp winter days.
One of the biggest draws to the country for many people is probably the chance to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. There is never a guarantee that these will be visible, depending on the magnetic activity in the Earth's atmosphere, but when they do appear, it's an eerie and captivating silent light show that spans the sky from the horizon to overhead.
When should I visit Finland?
A visit to Northern Finland, and particularly to Lapland, is best made in the run-up to Christmas, as you might imagine. This is when the bulk of 'Santa tours' take place, but also when you have the best choice of snow activities such as husky sledding and riding snowmobiles through the trees of the Boreal Forest.
Southern Finland, on the other hand, benefits from the warming effects of the Gulf Stream, and despite being located very far north, this means the country's hottest summer days can reach into the mid-30°C. Throughout the summertime from May to September, average daily temperatures should remain in double figures.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Finland are all about you. If you want a view of snowy pine forests and lakes, your luxury hotel can make it happen, and if you’re in the mood for a champagne breakfast, they will arrange that, too. Luxury holidays to Finland include every last detail to make sure that your experience is once to be cherished, and remember, the level of pampering you receive is entirely up to you. Finland offers exceptional luxury and a genuinely unique holiday destination that incorporates some of the most spectacular sights on the planet. And while you certainly won’t have tropical temperatures, you will have one of the world’s most enchanting natural environments, and the slick, impeccable attention to detail and premium quality service that Finnish luxury holidays are so well known for.