Find out why this small country has been dubbed the “happiest place on earth.” From the bustling streets of Helsinki (that still have a small-town, comfortable feel), to the wild northern landscape of the Laplands, there are endless adventures and sights to explore.
The Finns take the Christmas season very seriously — did you know old Saint Nick lives in the Lapland, above the Arctic Circle? You can visit his workshop in Rovaniemi and even meet his reindeer! While you’re in this snowy, wild ‘scape, add on some other once-in-a-lifetime experiences like snowshoeing or dogsledding. You are even so remote, you have a chance to see the Northern Lights!
Tenon Tip: Considering the vast distances in Finland, if you plan on staying longer in order to have a full itinerary and see as much as possible, make sure you’re leaving your home protected and secure. Make sure to keep your home safe while you’re away by setting up your home security system properly, and preferably have someone stop by regularly for extra peace of mind. If you decide to go no further than Helsinki, then perhaps it might suffice to just double-check if all your doors and windows are locked, and your fire alarms and other systems are in check!
The holidays in Helsinki are like no other, with the streets lively with Christmas markets, a plethora of glögi — mulled wine — waiting to warm your hands, and tasty local treats served only during this special time of year. The markets take place in the senate square, near the Helsinki Cathedral. There will be food, gifts, ornaments, music, and entertainment. And, if you weren’t able to make it to Santa’s workshop, he just might drop in for some Christmas cheer!
Another must on your tour of Finland — the town of Porvoo. While only 30 minutes down the road from Helsinki, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to another time. Porvoo is known for the colorful wooden warehouses that dot the river and lots of local artists promoted in the local shops and boutiques. Don’t miss this charming atmosphere!