However, the travel industry came to a standstill during the novel coronavirus pandemic. No more overcrowded trains, planes, and airports during the era of this extremely contagious virus which infected millions of people all around the world. Due to the nature of how COVID-19 spreads, isolation and social distancing are important to help further infection, therefore, popular international destinations such as Paris, London, and Rome can no longer host millions of visitors at a time.
Tourist experts and logistics specialists predict that in the immediate future, travel will become more focused on domestic destinations, or countries that are not so overcrowded. Ecotourism will also be of significant importance as more people head towards forests and uninhabited areas.
So where can we go? We live in an incredibly-globalised world with more countries and communities connected with each other than ever before. However there are some countries which haven’t been affected by over-tourism, and are largely undiscovered.
One of these amazing countries is Finland, a true northern European gem. Feet Do Travel show you Finland: an emerging tourist destination.
Finland is a vast, spreading across more than 338,000 square kilometers with only 5.5 million inhabitants, and is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe. The majority of the nation’s population are concentrated within the southern urban rings around the capital Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, and other major cities. The north of the country, due to extreme weather conditions and remote geographic location is barely inhabited.
So what is there to see and do in Finland? Why doesn’t it appear on global tourist maps very often? The truth is that Finland is an extremely interesting, diverse, and culturally rich nation with a long complicated history. It is one of the world’s most developed and technologically sophisticated countries, making it extremely safe for travel and living. Finland has a lot to offer, from its exquisite palette of cities to the forests, lakes, and it’s also home to Santa Claus’ in Lapland.
The most significant city in Finland is its capital Helsinki. Home to over 1.5 million people within its metropolitan area, it’s dominated by the light tones and neoclassical architecture. The City immediately gives the feeling of Nordic minimalism. It is extremely calm and peaceful, just like its residents, but is also modern, technologically advanced and futuristic.
Finland is one of the most technologically advanced Countries in the world, and home to some of the most innovative tech startups and businesses. Amidst its innovative educational system, companies headquartered in Finland benefit from the well-educated workforce. There is so much tech innovation in this nation that some companies are even using it to transform areas of entertainment.
One Finnish company, Spinia Suomi, is a branch of a leading global gambling services network. They organize and run an online platform featuring hundreds of casino games. Representatives of the company say the Finnish branch is one of the most innovative due to local employees proposing new ideas. If you like to have fun in an unusually modern way, Finland will surely offer something interesting.
Helsinki has numerous landmarks and to truly explore this city, taking long walks across its embankments and through the old town is the best way.
The City has been influenced by many cultures and empires throughout centuries. Russian architectural elements are visible and many call it St. Petersburg of the west.
Suomenlinna is a fortress on an island just off the coast of Helsinki, and ferries will take you there in no time. This historical landmark will take you through the history of this great nation.
Helsinki also has numerous religious buildings, including the Chapel of silence in Kamppi, one of the busiest areas of the capital. The idea is to give people a moment to enjoy the silence and escape the busy streets of Helsinki. The church is ecumenical, welcoming everyone regardless of their beliefs.
The main asset of Finland in these post-pandemic times is its vast countryside. Tens of thousands of square kilometers of land, forests and water are practically uninhabited by humans. It is the perfect place to explore if you enjoy endless woodlands, astonishing lakes and don’t mind the cold climate. During winter, hundreds of lakes across Finland freeze, providing a wonderful opportunity to ice skate amongst nature.
To find forested green areas in Finland, you don’t have to travel too far north. Areas around cities such as Vaasa and Oulu are beautiful and peaceful, and are well-connected to Helsinki and other major cities around Finland. This ensures a smooth connection between the vast uninhabited areas and the thriving metropolis in the south.
Everyone has heard that Father Christmas/Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, Lapland. However, Lapland isn’t located in the north pole, but in the very north of Finland.
The town of Rovaniemi is a proud host of thousands of visitors every winter. Those who want to visit Santa Claus in his hometown head towards the north of Finland and are never disappointed. It is not difficult to access, as there is a small airport connecting Rovaniemi to Helsinki, as well as an overnight train and daily bus services.