Finland

Articles relating to our outdoor experiences in Finland or to Finnish culture and traditions.

A Canoe Adventure in Kainuu

Blue skies and sunshine! Photo: Niki Nature Travels

Jayne and Niki from the Nature Travels office spent 5 days Canoeing on the Tar Route in Kainuu in eastern Finland this June. We landed at Kajaani airport at around 22.35 and stepped off the plane into bright sunshine – with midsummer just around the corner the sun would barely be setting during our trip.

Lake Saimaa, Linnansaari National Park and Saimaa Ringed Seals

Saimaa Ringed Seal

Lake Saimaa is like an inland archipelago with waters clear and fresh! The water is so clean you can drink it directly from the lake! It covers a surface area of 4400km and the shoreline amounts to 13,700 km and there are about 13,710 islands in the lake. At the end of June I was

Hugging Huskies in the Taiga Forest

Hugging Huskies in the Taiga Forest.

In May 2015, Bob from the Nature Travels team travelled to the provinces of North Karelia and Kainuu in Eastern Finland to visit our new experiences in the area. In the article below, Bob visits the kennels which are the setting for our Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest in wintertime and

What To Do With A Day In Helsinki

What to do with a day in Helsinki.

Bob from the Nature Travels team spends a day exploring Finland’s capital in May as part of his visit to some of our new experiences in Finland. Twelve Hours in Helsinki The night train from Oulu (on which I had spent a restful night in unaccustomed luxury, in a private cabin with en-suite shower and

Winter Holiday Ideas for Solo Travellers

Winter holiday ideas for solo travellers.

Travelling as a Solo Traveller is becoming increasingly popular and we know why – you get to meet interesting, new people and it’s a great confidence boost to achieve something independently. But if you’re not used to travelling by yourself you may be worried that it might be lonely at times. Joining an active outdoor

The Saimaa Ringed Seal

Saimaa Ringed Seal.

Saimaa Ringed Seals are found only in Lake Saimaa in Finland and are one of the world’s rarest seals. There are thought to be just 360 individuals remaining today. They are one of a number of subspecies of Ringed Seal, except that, unlike many other species of seal, they live in fresh water. These seals

Where to Go Canoeing and Kayaking in Spring

Where to go canoeing and kayaking in spring.

While the main summer season is the most popular time for canoe and kayak tours in the Nordic countries, May and June can be a wonderful and very quiet time for a paddle tour. Nature is waking up after a long sleep and bursts of colour are starting to appear! As we all get excited

Kayaking in the Helsinki Archipelago

Kayaking in the Helsinki Archipelago.

Bob and Sofia from Nature Travels spent a long weekend in Helsinki in August 2017 combined kayaking in the Helsinki archipelago with a short stay in the city. Sofia: The forecast was not great – rain and wind. The rain isn’t so bad when kayaking as once in the kayak, a little more water isn’t

Guide to Finding Your Ideal Dogsled Tour

Guide to finding your ideal dogsled tour.

Dog sledding is a wonderful adventure and at Nature Travels we have a wide variety, from easier tours for the family to challenging adventures in the mountains. Each of our tours offer something different and it’s important that you choose the right tour for you! No previous sledding experience is required for any of our

What’s the Best Time to Go Dog Sledding in the Nordic Countries?

What's the best time to go dog sledding in Sweden, Finland and Norway.

This is a question we’re commonly asked when our guests are planning their winter adventures. But the answer is not such a simple one! We’ve summarised some of the main points to consider below. For additional information, please see our website article When To Go Dog Sledding. In the far north, the winter season is

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