There are many reasons why you’ll fall in love with Finland. The people are known to be the happiest in the world, while the lands are known to be some of the safest. The countryside, the cities, the confluence of varying topographies melt into an exquisite harmony of hues and textures. The sun shines day and night, the lights put on a magnificent show, saunas bubble with warmth, Santa welcomes you to his hamlet!
While it’s impossible to sum up an entire nation into 5 pointers, we at Club Mahindra, have managed to journal why Finland is different from other quintessential vacation destinations across the globe.
So, come take this marvellous journey with us!
Another Side of Midnight
For time immemorial, travellers have been seeking out Mother Nature’s most unique, striking and glorious terrains. With every landscape discovered, scenery witnessed and phenomenon experienced, an explorer’s understanding of the universe grows. Finland tourism is so very special, its climate and wilderness is among the most distinctive and awe-inspiring in the world. 70% of the land is carpeted in dense forest and approximately 18,800 lakes rejuvenate the plains, not to mention the spritely rivers, waterfalls and national parks blooming with flora and fauna. The Aurora Borealis graces the open skies roughly 200 times a year, an exquisite display of northern lights that are a result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. But perhaps the most extraordinary curiosity of all, is the Midnight Sun. Due to the tilt of the Earth’s axis, northern regions are blessed with almost 70 consecutive days of unending light. Imagine experiencing night that actually looks like day!
Art has always been an integral component of culture. Buildings, monuments, sculptures, paintings, garments, dance and music express what words cannot. Similarly, gastronomy has a delightful way of communicating origin and roots. Take for example, open markets overflowing with fresh fruit and berries of every colour! When it comes to Helsinki, Finland’s capital, this beautiful city excels in the arts. It is considered to be one of the best places in the world for designers and connoisseurs in the field. What differentiates it is the fact that every visit allows one to find something, old or new. Studios, galleries, boutiques and cafes lend an air of imaginative charm to the quaint cityscape. Here, you will find the most stylish and fashionable people going about their days, design being interwoven into daily life. Finns draw inspiration from nature and mould it into beautiful objects, a blueprint for their way of living. So, visit one of the cute cafes and sit on Alvar Aalto stools, drink from Littala glasses, gaze out the window and admire women in Marimekko dresses! Your Club Mahindra membership fees enables you to holiday in a choice of resorts across Finland.
The Art of Wellness
A good vacation constitutes certain magic ingredients, wellness being an important one! The right balance of relaxation and adventure contributes to social, emotional, spiritual, environmental and physical well-being. And, who knows this better than Club Mahindra? Which is why, we are happy to introduce to you, the fascinating Finnish sauna culture! Nobody, and we mean nobody, does sauna better than the Finns. In fact, they have approximately 3,000 saunas up and running. It is the belief that these steamy abodes aid in weight loss, stress relief, strengthening of the immune system and blood circulation. The locals take this practice extremely seriously, laying out strict rules for individuals to adhere to. Legend has it that if anyone misbehaves, the sauna fairy will burn the structure to the ground. Travellers can discover saunas in wooded forest cottages and snowy igloos, by the seafront and bays, underground and even experience the world’s only cable-car sauna! What better way to enjoy serenity and peace than in the lap of nature? Check out Club Mahindra reviews for the innovative sauna experience.
A Christmassy Affair
Most of us have beloved Christmas memories that we hold onto dearly. Perhaps it’s writing a letter to Santa Claus, adorning the tree with bobbles, baking plum cake, opening shiny presents, singing carols or saving that last Christmas decoration. With each memory comes a feeling of pure and utter joy and at Club Mahindra, we seek to preserve this feeling! Did you know that Santa’s village is in Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland? He spends all his days spreading love, cheer and the spirit of Christmas to children and adults. Christmas Eve in St. Nicholas’s home town is everything a fairy tale should be - good, virtuous, pure and of course oozing with magic! This is an opportunity for adults to believe in the possibilities and hopes of life, while kids continue to let their imaginations run wild and dream big. From sledging along the snow studded trails to sipping hot chocolate and watching the lights twinkle, Finland is unparalleled this time of the year. So, how is Christmas celebrated by the Finns? Ginger bread cookies, spicy mulled wine and wood fire saunas encapsulates the feeling quite well!
Once Upon a Time
As if Santa Claus wasn’t surreal or dreamy enough, Finland is also home to a plethora of otherworldly characters. Take for instance, the mysterious little creatures known as the Moomins, who call this nation their rightful kingdom. Conjured up by a talented wizard, also known as author Tove Jansson, the Moomins are a white, chubby fairy tale species with large snouts, almost resembling hippopotamuses. A visit to the Naantali Moomin World or the Tampere Moomin Museum will bring these adorable and cuddly characters to life! What’s more, Finland is also the land of the bold and sassy Angry Birds! Yes, you heard right. The Finnish invented this game that eventually was adapted into a world loved film. So, walk through the gates of enchantment, imagination and animation. No other destination in the world will provide you with this opportunity!
Are you ready to escape to the mystical land of the Finn? Make use of your Club Mahindra membership today and have one of the most cherished experiences of your life!