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Finland is bonkers. In the most positive sense of the word, Finns consider themselves a bit mad: they enjoy sitting in a heated box, and upon reaching boiling point, running outside and rolling in the snow. While we wholeheartedly agree that the notion of sauna is one we can fully get on board with, consider the country's other exports: the Moomins, Father Christmas, smoked reindeer, and Nokia. It may be a little mad, but it's certainly not boring. Its cities are impressively beautiful, with a mix of grand constructions, modern architecture and Scandinavian charm. The north is more quietly stunning, relying on its natural beauty of countless lakes, thickly forested plains and snowy peaks to draw visitors. In the winter, the skies are pure and the air is crisp, and the northern reaches are the ideal place to spot the strange and mysterious Aurora Borealis.
Still, remember how we said Finns were bonkers? Our team is up there with the best of them. We'll never forget the day Janne sent us a video of his morning workout: ice skating on a frozen lake. Visit Finland with A&K and you'll see the real side to some of the world's most remotely beautiful landscapes, from snow-capped fell highlands to the unforgettable Northern Lights. We can arrange a VIP box for ice hockey games, a backstage tour at the opera or a fireworks display exclusively for you. Alternatively, if you're feeling a bit bonkers yourself, why not hone your swing with a spot of ice-golf or for the ultimate refreshment, try ice swimming.
May through to September offers the mildest weather and the highest number of travellers. This is the time of the long, long summer days in the land of the midnight sun. Further north in Lapland, October to March are good times to visit to enjoy winter activities, such as ice swimming and dog sledding and it is the best time to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Helsinki is great to visit all year round.
2 hours 45 minutes
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Dear Graeme, A huge thank you for a truly wonderful holiday. Thank you for all your hard work leading up to and during our stay in Kenya. You have been really great throughout. The A&K experience exceeded our expectations and we felt very relaxed and comfortable knowing that we were in good hands. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and were so good with the kids - it made our holiday truly memorable. A special mention to Patricia who met us in Nairobi both ends and Duncan who took such good care of us at the mobile camp. Thank you for the gifts - the children loved the catapult! Well actually Eric loved the catapult the kids haven't had a change to play with it yet!! As Eric said on the phone - good news - we loved the holiday - bad news (for him) - I will be in touch to discuss another trip for next year!! I hope you and all the team at A&K have a great Christmas and a very festive New Year! Kind regards, Arabella, Eric, Jake and Tate
Suggested itineraries in Finland
Nights: 9 | from £3,690
Enjoy a walking tour Helsinki’s design district and spending time searching for the Northern Lights with a private guide