Wooden cottage. Vast lake. Private jetty with a row boat. All of these things contribute to the image of the Scandinavian ideal, and there’s nowhere better to fulfil this hazy summer dream than in Finland. A country of thousands of lush islands and pretty lakes, it is in Finland that one can indulge in the ultimate ‘cottage in the woods’ fantasy and find that it does indeed live up to expectation.
The lake region of Eastern Finland, known to many as the Finnish Lakeland, is a puzzle of romantic waterways and secluded islands that offer the quintessential Finnish experience. You see, it is these landscapes, more than the snow covered forests of winter, which lay at the heart of Finnish identity. It’s a culture that has been formed from a mixture of tribes whose mythological stories told how the land was born out of water, tribes that were split by and had to adapt to these lakes and rivers. It’s little wonder, then, that Finnish people retreat to the silence of their lush forests and glittering lakes each summer, retreat to the place where their story began.Read more
And, just as the locals seek this unadulterated silence, so too do we. Far removed from the stresses of our everyday lives, a trip to the Finnish Lakeland is a trip that will take you back to nature. Here, you’ll spend your days swimming in the clear blue lakes, lying under star strewn skies and berry picking in lush forests. What’s more, whilst you might feel completely disconnected from the world in your stunning wooden lodge on your lush and wild island, you’re actually never too far from the townships and cities that have developed here over the years, should you be craving a little more ‘buzz’. It’s the perfect combination.
The Mikkeli region of eastern Finland is our top pick for the perfect lakeside experience. Take up residence in one of the area’s waterside lodgings and you’ll be enjoying all of the above and more. The cottages themselves are luxurious and cozy and invariably come complete with log fire and a sauna, so you can warm up quickly after that morning swim or a day spent out on the water. Hotel Anttolanhovi is a particular favorite of ours, especially if you’re looking for a service you’d miss if you booked your own secluded lodge. Situated just 200 meters from Lake Saima, you’ll have access to bicycles and canoes as well as guided hiking and fishing tours.
The perfect Scandi summer experience, Finnish Lakeland is yet another destination you have to see to believe.