In our site we have divided Finland into five main destinations: Lapland, the Oulu region and Kainuu, Eastern Finland, Western Finland, and Southern Finland.
Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, is famous of being the winter wonderland. Winter activities in the snow and breathtaking northern lights are fun during dark winter months. In summer Lapland and its vast wilderness provide excellent hiking and trekking opportunities. Autumn colors are especially beautiful in Lapland.
The main ski centers in Finnish Lapland are Levi in Kittilä, Ylläs in Kolari, Saariselkä in Inari, and Pyhä in Pelkosenniemi. Ruka in Kuusamo is often viewed as a destination in Lapland even though it is located in Kainuu region.
The main airports in Lapland are located in Rovaniemi, Kittilä, and Ivalo. Also Enontekiö, Kemi-Tornio, and Kuusamo in Kainuu have small airports. Lapland can also be reached from Helsinki or Tampere by overnight train, which arrives in Rovaniemi or Kolari. Long distance buses operate from southern Finland to all major ski centres in Lapland in winter.
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The Oulu region and Kainuu
The Oulu region and Kainuu are located in northern Finland but below the arctic circle. Oulu region, synonymous to Northern Ostrobothnia, extends across Finland from the Gulf of Bothnia coast to the Russian border. The area hosts many nature sights and four beautiful Finnish national parks: Hossa, Hiidenportti, Tiilikkajärvi, and Rokua National Park.
Western Finland consists of long coast by the sea with beautiful archipelago as well as inland towns, where nature plays a big part in the Finnish lifestyle. The area has also an eventful history ever since it got settled after the last ice age that ended in the 9000BC.
Eastern Finland is especially known for its lakes and the area is often referred as Finnish Lakeland. On top of beautiful lakes the Eastern Finland is full of wonderful landscapes and national parks. History lover will find many interesting sights in this region as well.
Southern Finland includes the following regions: Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, South Karelia, and Kymenlaakso region. Finland’s capital Helsinki is located in the Uusimaa region, which also has amazing nature destinations to visit. There are many national parks and recreation areas in the Southern Finland.