FINLAND CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE - OUR TOP CHOICES OF WHAT TO SEE

2017 will mark 100 years of Finland’s independence and to celebrate the country will be organising a whole host of festivities to bring locals and guests together. Visitors are invited to join the celebrations and discover what makes Finland unique.

“We are thrilled to announce some of the exciting events that are happening in Finland next year to celebrate 100 years of independence,” said Eva Kiviranta, PR and Media Coordinator UK & USA. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from the UK to join the wealth of festivities planned over the next 12 months”.

Stay in Hotel Iso Syöte’s new luxurious Aurora View Suites

The stunning new Aurora View Suites offer guests breathtaking views of the sky to watch the stars and the Northern Lights as well as the vast forests and the beautiful lakes of Finnish Lapland. On the first floor the premium suites have a private sauna and a spacious seating area where two additional guests can be accommodated. There is a private balcony located on the second floor with an inviting Jacuzzi offering panoramic views of the Finnish landscape.

How: Stay in the Aurora View Suite from €235 per night for two people from December 2016. ( www.hotelli-isosyote.fi/en / +358 201 476 400). Finnair flies from the UK, via Helsinki to Oulu with fares starting from £225 return in Economy Class and £830 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

Nurture oneself with Finland’s Nature Days

Finland is hosting four Nature Days throughout the year inviting people to discover the abundant landscape that encompasses this diverse country. The first of the Nature Days starts on 4 February exploring the winter wonderland, followed by going wild in the spring on 20 May to relish the changing seasons. Enjoy a romantic summer day on 17 June and then celebrate 100 Days ‘til 100 on 26 August as festivities are held across the country. Events include; foraging tours for mushrooms and other wild foods, and extensive walking excursions organised together with over 40 organisations from around Finland.

How: Finnair flies from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). Stay at Hotel Klaus K from Kämp Collections with prices starting from €140 per night. (www.kampcollectionhotels.com / +358 50 567 0668). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

Witness the World Nordic Ski Championships and celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary

Join the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Southern Finland. The event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch the 12-day event. From 22 February to 5 March, 700 athletes from 60 different countries will perform in 21 events. Events range from ski-jumping to cross-country skiing to Nordic combined. Just 40 kilometres from the airport, Ylläs resort is an excellent alternative for travellers who have visited the major skiing hubs and are seeking more adventure.  Downhill skiing enthusiasts enjoy a range of downhill slopes for all abilities and the versatility of the landscapes offers unforgettable cross-country skiing right on the doorstep.

How: Finnair flies from the UK, via Helsinki, to Kittilä with fares starting from £235 return in Economy Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101) Stay at the Aurora Estate located at Ylläsjärvi Lake shore from €126 per night for a double room. Seewww.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

New national park designated in Kainuu, Eastern Finland

Agriculture and Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen has nominated Hossa in the Kainuu region of eastern Finland to be the country’s newest national park in 2017. The designation will take effect in 2017, when Finland celebrates 100 years of independence. The total area of the new national park is roughly 11,000 hectares and is part of the Natura 2000 network of nature conservation areas in the European Union. The heart of the park will be the 9,000-hectare Hossa camping area. The most notable natural attractions include the Julma-Ölky canyon lake and Stone Age rock art at Värikallio, estimated to be some 5,000 years old.

How: Stay at Hotel Lasaretti with prices from €88 per night (lasaretti.com/en). Finnair flies from the UK, via Helsinki to Oulu with fares starting from £225 return in Economy Class and £830 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

See the new opening of the Moomin Museum

The brand new Moomin Museum will be opened in the city of Tampere on 17 June, housed in the renovated and expanded Tampere Hall, paying tribute to the centenary of Finland’s independence. The Moomin Museum will host over 2,000 pieces in its collection and will have a reading room with Tove Jansson’s books in 51 languages, a space dedicated to museum educational events, a new restaurant and shopping facilities.

How: Entrance fees start from €7 and guided tours in Moomin valley start from €55 and last for 45 minutes. Finnair flies from the UK to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101).  Seewww.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

Sweat it out in Helsinki’s newest public sauna

The Löyly sauna, which opened last spring, is just a short distance from the city centre on the southern tip of the Helsinki peninsula.  The modern complex covers over 1,800 square metres, scales nine metres in height and showcases the finest wooden architecture. Guests can enjoy a sauna in the heart of the city with a dip in the Baltic Sea offering relief from the heat. A restaurant serves visitors top Finnish cuisine and various terraces offer the ideal location to embrace the long summer days.

How: Finnair flies from the UK to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. ( www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). Stay at Hotel Haven from Kämp Collection Hotels with prices starting from €205 per night. (www.kampcollectionhotels.com / +358 50 567 0668). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on saunas and Finland

Eat together and celebrate 100 Days ‘til 100

Join the locals as they celebrate 100 days until the big anniversary with a feast in the heart of the capital. Finnish communities, businesses, associations, unions, foundations, villages and cities will come together to eat with a shared sense of community. Finland will bring together customs and traditions to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence at a shared table.

How: Finnair flies from the UK to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). Stay at Hotel Lilla Roberts from Kämp Collections with prices starting from €164 per night. (www.kampcollectionhotels.com / +358 50 567 0668). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

Stay at Hotel St. George, Kämp Collection Hotels’ newest property opening in summer 2017

Kämp Collection Hotels continues to develop its hotel offering with its latest property, Hotel St. George. Due to open in September 2017, Hotel St. George is the 10th hotel in the region for Helsinki’s best renowned hotel group and will be one of the most enchanting hotels in their portfolio. The hotel will offer first-class service and impressive design, located in the very heart of the capital.

How: (www.kampcollectionhotels.com / +358 50 567 0668). Finnair flies from the UK to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101) See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

New technology offers a new insight into earth and space

Finland is celebrating its 100th year of independence using advanced technology to offer an insight into the earth’s core and surrounding atmosphere. Launching in the autumn of 2017, a nanosatellite loaded with cameras will be monitoring the earth’s surface and the changing pressure with particular attention to the Northern Lights. A radio receiver will pick up weather and data from space to be used to recreate a space-like atmosphere for guests on the ground. Elsewhere Arctia Ltd., a Finnish ice-breaking company, will be conducting special research into the Arctic waters surrounding Finland using its eight ice-breakers to examine the unique and hostile environment.

How: Finnair flies from the UK to Helsinki daily with fares starting from £117 return in Economy Class and £437 return in Business Class including all taxes and charges. (www.finnair.com / 0208 0 010101). See www.visitfinland.com for more information on Finland.

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