Gap Years and Backpacking in Finland

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If you're backpacking and travelling around Scandinavia then you've got to go to Finland. Very different from its neighbours Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Finland has got a little bit of something something.

Finland is a country of lakes and islands. There are approximately 188,000 lakes and the same again of islands. Even though it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world people come here for the Northern Lights in winter and midnight sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi as the home of Santa Claus, and a burgeoning tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.

Despite living in one of the most technologically developed countries in the world, Finns love to head to their summer cottages in the warmer months to enjoy all manner of relaxing pastimes including sauna, swimming, fishing and barbecuing. Today, Finland has a distinctive language and culture that sets it apart from the rest of Nordic Europe.

Overall Finland is a natural wonderland with more trees than people and more islands than any other nation in the world and it's a fantastic place to visit on a gap year.


Map of Finland

Finland Fact!

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Finnish national awakening in the 19th century is well summarized in one terse sentence: "We are no longer Swedes, we do not want to become Russians, so let us be Finns"

Finland Fact!

The amount you get fined for speeding on the roads in Finland depends on the amount you earn.