From dog sledding in the vast wilderness to sleeping in an igloo under the Northern Lights, Finland is anything but boring. Pack up your bags and venture far beyond your comfort zone. How to do it? Pick one of our challenges and enjoy the fun side of Finland:
# 1 Go on a husky/reindeer safari
Longing for an ultimate winter escape? Finland`s thick snow and slippery forest paths are calling all intrepid travelers ready to explore them.
How about discovering Finland`s unspoiled nature while on a reindeer safari? Or you would rather prefer huskies? In any way, it would be fun to have a ride. Only you and the white wilderness. The charmingly majestic Arctic region is challenging you. Accept the challenge.
# 2 Visit Santa Claus
If you are a Christmas enthusiast, definitely pay Santa a visit. I`ve heard that he is a nice and merry guy who welcomes guests from all over the world. And he happens to live in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. Share some milk and cookies with him and have a chat about the presents you received last year.
Also, go to Santapark`s Elf School, where you can learn all about his little helpers and become one yourself.
# 3 Dance all night at the Flow Festival
Who said Finland can be fun only in winter? The next Flow Festival will be held between the 9th-11th of August. Save the dates for various artistic experiences like old school and new music, stylish design, arts, and imaginative cuisine. It has never been easier to succumb to blissed-out festival escapism. And it`s only a short walk away from the center of Helsinki.
#4 Trek across the Urho Kekkonnen National Park
The Urho Kekkonnen National Park is perhaps the most famous among the 40 official parks offering exciting trailers for hiking enthusiasts. The park is stretching over the impressive 200 kilometers. There`s no shortage of marvelous trails to walk through the day. At night, enjoy the solitude at one of the many campsites and cozy small huts.
# 5 Go rock climbing at Korouoma canyon
The more adventurous ones can head to Korouoma canyon in Posio – a place famous for ice climbing, but also a popular rock climbing spot in the summertime. If you are not in the mood for a shot of adrenaline rush, hike across the marked trails in the area.
# 6 Paddle a SUP board in Oulu
Would rather go for more of a leisure activity? Try paddling a SUP board through the calm waters of Oulu, a 400-year-old city located in Northern Finland. Also, the region offers some beautiful waterways and islands to explore.
# 7 Go rafting across Kuusamo rivers
Kuusamo`s rivers and rapids offer some unforgettable thrills for bold travelers. Don`t miss on the rafting and paddling adventures that are available there. Alternatively, check out the Ruunaa Rapids in Lieksa that are also a great option.
# Bonus Challenge
Make the most Instagrammable picture possible while completing any of the challenges. And prepare yourself for an uncountable number of likes!