Finland’s holy trinity is made up of a mökki (cabin) – preferably on a small private island, a small boat and a sauna. Invigorated by the thermal shock, the Finns can then take full advantage of three other major aspects of their culture: space, calm and time. The country is a random composition of forests and lakes, brightened up by small welcoming towns where you meet up over a glass of Aquavit or enjoy freshly caught fish.
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The purity of the Finnish landscapes is mirrored by the design of the creators who have shaped their artistic heritage to a reputation of minimalist aesthetics. Architects, designers, urban planners and artists are all inspired by the search for a style totally devoid of embellishment. Alvar Aalto, the pioneer, laid the foundations for modern Scandinavian design in the 1920s.
His vision of man and nature, his love of wood and of supple organic forms can still be seen in the current Finnish design.
Always at the forefront in the high tech field, the Finns also attempt to improve their image for being taciturn primitives through humour. Don’t miss seeing the aurora borealis from the warmth of a hotel in the North of Finland, it will leave you speechless.
Discover a country which extends as far as the Arctic Circle where, as everyone knows, Father Christmas lives, cuddles his reindeers and receives orders from children all over the world. Return to introduction...