Finland includes routes to other Scandinavian countries, across to Russia and south across the Baltic to mainland Europe.
Ranked as one the worlds most liveable countries, Finland has a balance between vast wooded areas to the North and West and the cosmopolitan and lively Helsinki in the South.
The national park wildernesses are perfect for trekking through lakes and pines in summer, and in winter treks in the snowy wastes practicing all types of skiing.
Helsinki on the shore of the Gulf of Finland close to the Baltic, is spread over a number of islands but the main part of the city is on the Vironniemi peninsula. Despite being in a northern latitude its winter temperatures are milder than to be expected due to the Gulf Stream and Baltic being close by. Architecturally there is a mix of neoclassical, Art Nouveau and functionalist buildings. Close to Russia some of the neoclassical buildings resemble the architecture from the Soviet era.