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Finland is a Nordic country located in northern Europe, with Helsinki being its capital city. It is bordered by Norway to the north, Russia to the east, the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west. Much of Finland is covered by thick woodland, with an estimated 70% of the country made up of forests. There is also thought to be over 180,000 lakes spread throughout the country. Finland’s climate varies, from a humid continental climate in the south characterised by hot Summers and very cold Winters, to a boreal climate in the north which results in very cold Winters and short, cool Summers.
Finland is a wonderful tourist destination with plenty to see and do. Many of its cities are steeped in history, with lots of sites of historical interest dotted around which give an insight into times gone by. Finland’s natural beauty is a big attraction for tourists, with its many lakes offering the perfect conditions for water-based activities like fishing and boating as well as picturesque, scenic views. There are 39 national parks throughout Finland where visitors can cycle and hike while taking in the beautiful views on offer. Some lucky visitors have even managed to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights while visiting Finland as there are resorts in prime sighting locations with clear roofs perfect for admiring the night sky.
Finland is a great holiday destination for families and couples looking for a break away to a place filled with areas of natural beauty waiting to be explored. Finland is a particularly popular family holiday destination around Christmas time, as it is home to Lapland! Couples will also find visiting Finland at Christmas to be a magical experience as many Christmas markets pop up.
Finnair offer flights from Dublin to Helsinki, with an estimated flight time of around 3 hours. Abbey Travel will organise your package holiday to Finland with flights, accommodation and expert advice all included.