Try Nordic walking
Nordic walking, which involves walking with ski-like poles on a non-snowy ground in non-winter surrounding, may look ridiculous – or at least, strange – at first; but this form of exercise is, in fact, quite enjoyable, not to mention a fantastic way to explore the beautiful landscape of Finland.
Nordic walking uses poles especially made for walking: they are a bit shorter than regular ski poles and have Velcro straps, loops, or fingerless gloves to help you keep your grip.
Being the birthplace of Nordic walking, Finland offers itself as a perfect place for this activity. You can walk in the parks, forests, hills, and just about any track that is safe and presents spectacular views.
As you walk, expect not only your arms, hands, legs, and feet to work. Your chest, spine, and shoulders, among others, will be worked out as well.
Go bird watching
Blessed with a raw and rich natural environment, Finland is home to a huge and diverse population of birds.
The country even has bird species that are otherwise hard to find in Europe and other parts of the world. Examples include the Red-flanked Bluetail, the Pine Grosbeak, the Little Bunting, and the Yellow-breasted Bunting.
Finland, in other words, is a bird watcher’s paradise, especially during bird migration season, which happens in May in Southern Finland and Oulu and June in Lapland.
Bird watching is popular in national parks and in the deepest parts of the countryside.
Liminganlahti Reserve, the Eastern Gulf of Finland National Park, and Siikalahti are some of Finland’s most popular bird watching sites.
Experience the thrill of downhill skiing in the snowy slopes of Finland. The country offers first-rate ski resorts, where the dramatic and tranquil views provide a contrasting background to this action-packed winter activity.
Ski destinations in Finland have both gentle slopes for novice skiers and steep ones for advanced skiers.
Because of its high peaks, Lapland is easily a destination of choice for downhill skiing. It has 22 ski resorts, and each one has numerous slopes you can enjoy.
Downhill skiing season in Lapland starts in late October and ends in May.
In Central Finland, which receives more snow than other parts of the country, you’ll find 31 ski resorts. The longest slope is in Koli; it has a length of 1,050 meters.
You can go downhill skiing any time between late November and April.
If you want to try downhill skiing in southernFinland, you have 26 options for ski resorts. The downhill skiing season here runs from December to early April.
Try ice fishing
When the frozen lakes in Finland are strong enough to accommodate foot traffic and movement, you can almost predict what Finns are going to do next: get their fishing rods and lures, dress up for the cold weather, and sit by the mid-lakes to catch fish from the icy waters.
When you’re in Finland during this period, and especially if you’re a fishing enthusiast, make sure to join the Finns in this famous winter pastime.
Finland has an abundance of lakes, which means there are plenty of places where you can ice fish. Tampere and the regions near Helsinki are some of the popular ice fishing locations.
Pike, whitefish, zander, and trout are commonly caught in the lakes – but perch, the national fish, is usually the target.
Ice fishing trips are offered in the country. Normally, fishing equipment and clothes are provided, so all that’s left for you to do is sit by the ice hole, enjoy the peaceful scenery, and wait for a fish to tug at your fishing line.
Go on a bear safari tour
If you want to experience a truly unique wildlife adventure, join a bear safari tour in Finland to witness how these large creatures behave in their natural environment.
It is an experience you will forever cherish.
Finland is characterized by unspoiled forests, which explains why Finland has plenty of brown bears and why, like Romania, it is a leading bear safari location in Europe.
When you walk into the forest toward the hideout where you will stay the night to be able to spot the bears, you will see for yourself the unspoiled beauty of the Finnish forest.
These hideouts are equipped with viewing area, dining area, beds, and toilets, so your stay is guaranteed to be comfortable. From there, you can silently observe and photograph the bears, with them oblivious to your presence.
In many guided tours, the bear safari can last for days. At daytime, when you are not bear watching, you will leave the hideout to explore the forest and spot other animals as well.