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Reindeer ride in Lapland
Modern Helsinki, Finland
They say , some cities just suit a season and once we are heading closer to the winter time, Lapland in Finland is the first most suitable for this cold season. Where else to enjoy the real Christmas atmosphere? The sun shines, the skies are blue and it's snowing, and when it snows it buckets down and all you will see will be a serene white snow blanket, bringing peace.
For centuries now Sami people have traveled around with their herds of reindeer across the Lapland and Sapmi region, which is actually the most reasonable way to go through the the snow. 200 days of snow , that's Finland, so prepare your ski equipment, the warmest clothes and head to a different world. Finish province of Lapland is fulfilled with farms and private properties, which also provide English guided tours, you will be able to feed the reindeer, learn about them, have a stroll around and end up with a cup of coffee and pastries or have traditional lunch with a sausage cooked over an open fire.
Winter's magic land, snow blankets , frozen lakes and Northern lights, have wood-fired sauna and you'll feel blessed, like never before, have a different kind of experience in the ice hotel or go ice fishing as Finnish do. Once you get terrified from this winter experience, head to civilization, Helsinki will keep setting you into the real Christmas mood.
The capital Helsinki melts gracely into Baltic sea, it's the youngest of Scandinavian capitals but already world wide famous for the tasteful design scene. Seems like everyone is into cutting edge studio or art school. The city center is bursting from glorious art-nouveau buildings, elegant cafes and dozens of museums. This city and country itself, is a great mix of traditions and modern, perfectly fitting in every season.
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