Winter Bucket List: 10 Best Things to Do in Finland

There are so many reasons to travel to Finland in winter. Yes, it is cold and there’s snow and the daylight hours get shorter, but there are also fewer tourists, surreal winter landscapes, and unique winter activities to be discovered throughout the country.

Proper Clothing

A good way to ensure you enjoy your winter holiday in Finland is to come prepared by packing and dressing properly and bring proper winter clothing to be able to enjoy outdoor activities.

I recommend the following: at least one set of thermal underwear, several winter sweaters or long-sleeved shirts that are good for layering, pairs socks, comfortable pairs of warm pants, a scarf or neck muffler, warm winter coat designed for below freezing temperatures, a good pair of warm winter gloves, and waterproof winter boots. You might also want to pack a travel flashlight or headlamps if you plan to be outdoors a lot so you don’t get caught in the dark.

1. Finnish Sauna Experience

Saunas are an integral part of Finnish culture. Traditionally, most people visited public saunas, but now many Finns have their own private saunas in their homes or summer cottages. There are three major types of saunas: smoke sauna (savusauna), wood-heated sauna, and electric sauna. Experience the most traditional custom, combine sauna going and dip in a hole in ice.

Read this 10 Basics of Finnish sauna etiquette.

2. Walking on the SEA

Jesus walking on water is one of the miracles of Jesus recounted in the New Testament. During winter you can also experience walking across on the sea, but because we are not Jesus we can only do it through a frozen sea. Yes! It’strong enough that you can also drive a car on it.

3. Make a Snowman

Either Christmas or not if there is a snow you can always make  a snowman and snowball. Be a kid again and have fun!

Read about How to Make a Snowman.

4. Snow Angel and Snow Rain

Escape to a winter wonderland to make a snow angel. Have fun plopping yourself right into the snow, waving your arms and legs to create the perfect angel. Of course shaking or pulling the branches of the tree with snow is really fun, believe me, just make sure you wear and zip your hoodie jacket unlike me. lol

5. Go Sledding

Find a snowy hill and take a fun ride down!

6. Drive a Snowmobile

Experience the Arctic Circle by a scenic drive through the wilderness and snowy landscape. Enjoy the thrill of a speeding snowmobile as it glides over vast snowdrifts and frozen lakes. You don’t need any prior experience to enjoy it.

Check here Ruka.

7. Countryside Escapade

Take part in their daily routines and free-time activities on snowy home yard. Wood work, keeping fireplace warm, make barbecue, relax, fall in love with nature, enjoy the wood-heated sauna, breathe in the peace and silence. 

Read about Countryside Magic in a Finnish Winter Cottage.

8. Go Ice Fishing

Normally fishing is a fairly solitary quiet activity well-suited for deep thought and meditation, and people seriously intent on catching fish usually stick it out for several hours. Go fishing with our neighbor Kaiju is very nice experience. Fresh smoked fish is just so delicious!

9. Walking in the Forest Trail

Sinking knee-deep into the snow with every steps are made for a memorable adventure. Being around of snow in the middle of the forest is just a magical feeling.

10. Visit Lapland.

Lapland known for snowy landscapes, home of reindeer, Santa Claus and the Northern Lights. Between November and May each year, the lush landscapes of Lapland are coated in snow, transforming the region into a picture-perfect.

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