Wild and beautiful, civilized and friendly. Ever since Eric Idle sang that it was ‘The country where I want to be”, Finland has held a place in the hearts of Monty Python fans. Finland is an amazing country to visit for many reasons. Here are seven of the best ones.
The Northern Lights
The most spectacular light show on Earth, the Aurora Borealis can be clearly seen from Finland. Never forgotten, this unearthly display of charged particles reacting with solar winds lights up the sky in greens, pinks, reds and other colours, all in amazing patterns unique to each occurrence. The Northern Lights appear regularly in Finland, though they cannot be predicted. The most common months to see them are April-September.
Christmas in Finland
The Christmas season in Finland is a magical time, with a wealth of traditions that appeal to the nostalgia of visitors. Helsinki hosts the Santa Lucia Festival, which predates Christmas, being based on a pagan fertility celebration all mixed up with celebrating the life of a Christian saint. The St. Thomas Christmas Market is a wonder to behold, with its lovely Christmas lights and stalls selling all the gifts, food and drinks you could possibly want for the festive season. Best of all, the Santa Claus village is open all year round, with the chance to meet St. Nick himself, as well as his reindeer and helpers.
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Finland is a land of opposites. It has gorgeous hot summers with an average 23 degrees Celsius, perfect for making the most of the stunning scenery and walks, followed by a lovely sauna. Winters are crisp and snowy in the north, with winter sports aplenty. The temperature regularly reaches -20 degrees. Above the Arctic Circle there’s a night called ‘the polar night’ when the sun doesn’t rise at all and the opposite is true, of course, in the summer. Whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, from sunbathing to hiking or skiing or snuggling up with a hot chocolate in front of an open fire, Finland can supply it.
Outdoors all year round
This variation in the weather with four distinct seasons makes it an ideal holiday spot all year round. Check out the latest cruise offers from cruise.co.uk for some ideas. In the summer there are nature trails, saunas, hiking, cycling and any other kind of outdoor activity you fancy. In the winter there is skiing, dog sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowboarding amongst other activities. There is never a reason to sit indoors, unless you want to!
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Finland has some fascinating wildlife due to its seasonal climate and geographic position. You can see much of it on nature trails, from fish to birds of prey. In the vast forests you can hire a guide to seek out that which interests you the most, or you can choose to sit comfortably in a specially set up hide to see if some of the country’s more timid inhabitants might make an appearance. Brown bears, wolves and elk roam freely, alongside 248 species of bird and many others.
You should always try new foods if you can and in Finland the sheer variety of meats and fish available means there’s certain to be several that you discover you love, unexpectedly sometimes! Finland serves up reindeer, horse and other meats that are more commonly found outside the UK and they’re delicious!
Finland is English speaking, so although you’re surrounded by a fascinating and very different culture you’ll have no problems getting across your needs, asking for directions or ordering another mulled wine.
If you are planning a trip the United States of America, there are so many things that you could see and do. You might have a specific destination in mind, or you might want to see several states in one trip. It will be such an exciting and fun time. If you are planning to visit a few places, you need to think about how you will travel. There are a few options that would work well. Here are some options and things that you should consider.
If you are in America, you can’t go too far wrong with a good old road trip! If you want to rent a car to travel from state to state, there are a few requirements, though. If you aren’t a citizen or permanent resident, you will need to be over 21 to rent a car. You might even need to be 25 for some rental companies. So make sure that you check out what your chosen company’s rules are. There are so many routes that you could take and different stops that you could make. It might be difficult to decide which the best route for you is. Check out a site like http://www.visittheusa.com to give you a little guidance.
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Bus travel is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel in the US. There are plenty of bus stations across states, sometimes more than airports. So it will be easy to travel from place to place. You should think about the route that you want to take, though. It may be a cheap way to travel, but it isn’t one of the fastest. So if your travel will take a few days, you need to bear in mind the cost of food and perhaps lodging. You could even choose to hire a bus or small van for driving. It might end up cheaper than hiring a car. A site like http://www.chicagobuschartercompany.com would show you how much you could expect to pay.
If the destinations you would like to visit are at opposite ends of the country, you could consider flying. It might cost a little more, but it is very quick and efficient. You should take into account the time of year that you are visiting and which areas. If it is the winter months and you are in areas that are likely to get snow, flights could get canceled. Somewhere like Denver even gets flights canceled into April! That would be such a nightmare to your plans. So think about where and when you want to visit. You don’t want to be delayed in a city because your flight has been canceled.
Good luck as you plan your trip to the US. You won’t regret it; you will have the best time ever. Just think about the pros and cons of each way to travel, to make sure that you will be able to make the most of your time over here. Have a great time!
When you have a passion for travel, you can fall in love with the lifestyle. Taking off and exploring new and exotic places is amazing. It can certainly bring you experiences and insights you would never achieve sat at home in front of the TV. One of the regrets many travelers have is that they aren’t always able to share those incredible moments with the people they love. If you’re finding life with a backpack a little lonely, why not arrange a vacation with all your friends?
You might be celebrating a big birthday or having a bachelorette party. Or maybe you just want to share the joy of getting out and about with your friends. It may seem like an enormous undertaking at first. This is especially true with so many different personalities and preferences to cater for. But you can keep everyone happy. Start somewhere like San Francisco. After walking over the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, you can get a charter bus here to anywhere else in the United States. And it means that you are all together all the time.
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San Francisco also has the oldest China Town and some incredible shopping in Union Square. There really is something for everyone, making it ideal for your entire party. From there, you may head toward Vegas to take in some shows. There is action and adventure to enjoy in the Grand Canyon too. Perhaps you’ll head toward Florida to take in the gorgeous beaches, the theme parks, and the al fresco lifestyle.
All the way over on the East coast is New York. This is one of the best cities for providing a little of everything for each of your friends. You can enjoy history and culture here. There are local beauty spots like Central Park and the Botanical Gardens. There are beaches and coastlines to enjoy. And of course, the nightlife is excellent. With everything from opera and ballet to Broadway musicals and street theater, you can’t go wrong for entertainment. The shopping isn’t bad either!
If your party of friends are keen on the great outdoors, then why not take your charter bus to Colorado, or Utah? This is a rich and varied area of the country. Mountains, lakes, and lush spaces offer dozens of exciting landscapes. And there are no end to the activities you can enjoy. There are plenty of music festivals on during the year to suit most tastes. But it’s the Hot Springs that attract most of the tourists to this area. Go on, pamper yourselves!
When you’re with a large party of friends, it’s important to consider everyone’s needs. This can be challenging at times. Diets may be different and preferences for activities can be varied too. Try to fit in a couple of activities each day that will suit most people.
However, the important thing is that you’re traveling together. This is the perfect time to catch up with each other’s lives. So perhaps the most important thing to see in America is your friends themselves. Have an incredible experience together.