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A Gap Year in Finland

Why go backpacking in Finland?

If you’re backpacking and travelling around Scandinavia then you’ve got to go backpacking in 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.

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What’s the deal with Finland?

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.

If you’re InterRailing around Northern Europe, Finland is an unmissable stop at any time of year.

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.

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