Looking for some fabulous things to do in Finland? Look no further. This travel video adventure takes you from Helsinki Finland, all the way to Lapland to meet the real Santa Claus, learn about the Sami people, and hunt for the northern lights.
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1. Try The Finnish Food
Finland is known for its salmon and other smoked fishes. It’s also known for its wild blueberries, root vegetables and wild mushrooms which you can find in the forests. Foraging in the forests is a thing that a lot of Finns do. Wild reindeer meat is another common food source for the Finns.
They’ve also got some cool craft cocktails made with similar wild forest berries
2. Visit Helsinki
Helsinki is not only Finland’s Capital, but the largest city in Finland. It’s a tidy and charming European town with many busy squares, trolly trains, and people enjoying the day. You can join me for a quick stroll around Helsinki in this video.
3. Stop For Nature
Driving north into Lapland, you’ll find plenty of places to stop and see this beautiful and serene environment. The sunsets are astounding, and after you cross the arctic circle you’ll notice special stillness in the air making it clear you are somewhere special.
4. Enjoy A Finnish Sauna
As an attendee of the Global Forum conference in Oulu I had a very unique opportunity to visit the Mayor’s guest house in the spectacular forest. It featured a traditional smoke sauna that the men and women took turns using before the dinner party.
The sauna is a traditional Finnish customary experience especially when followed by a dip into the freezing river, followed further by smoked salmon chowder. It’s all in the video!
This is actually a sauna in Amsterdam, but you get the idea.
5. Meet The Real Santa Claus
Legend has it that Rovaniemi Finland is Santa’s Claus’s official home town and the Santa Claus Holiday Village is where you’ll find his home office, his post office, and the man himself.
Meeting the real Santa Claus was quite the experience and I especially loved how they filmed the discussion, and let us purchase the full video!
6. Meet Reindeer
Here at Santa’s Village you can also meet the reindeer at a special place called the Reindeer Park. They are super sweet and gentle, and you can’t help but wonder about the secrets they keep about their work with Santa.
7- Visit A Husky Sled Dog Park
Another major attraction here at Santa’s Village is the Husky Sled Dog Park. Here husky dogs train to become strong and coordinated sled dogs. Since the park was in its off season in October, there were fresh puppies to play with and lots of observations to be made about how the team was being trained. They practiced pulling four wheelers with a pack trainer in place to show them how. They say husky sled dogs love their work and love to run as a team, especially when they get to pull delighted tourists through the snow during later winter months.
8- Learn about Sami Culture
While most come this far north to hunt the northern lights, it’s great to spend the daytime learning about the indigenous Sami people of lapland. The Siida museum tells their rich history through exhibits, artifacts and beautiful representations of the Sami people. This Sami doll shows how the Sami people had to bundle up in furs to keep warm and protected from the harsh winter elements.
9- Buy Some Finnish Souvenirs
And now that you’ve learned all about Finland and its people it’s time to buy some souvenirs. Your best bet here is to go for their authentic handicrafts, woven pieces all bursting with color and intricate patterns. You can even purchase elements of their traditional Sami costume, sure to brighten up any outfit.
10- See The Northern Lights
And is where things get sad. After coming all this way, NORTH of the arctic circle to maximize my chances of catching the spectacular northern lights-I learned that cosmic solar flare light shows are not that simple. All it took was cloud cover on both nights to block the aurora borealis from shining through and into my camera lens. That’s ok because I did find some amazing creative commons contributions for the video on Flickr, and this simply means my hunt for the aurora borealis, will continue.
What are your favorite things to do in Finland? Let me know in the comments below!
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