12 Reasons Why We Love Family-Friendly Finland

Introducing the latest addition to our TRVLBEES destinations: Finland! We can compile an endless list of excuses to visit this marvelous country with your little ones, but here are our favorites: 12 reasons why we love family-friendly Finland!

1. The best place to spot the Northern Lights!

Finland, Finnish Lapland in particular, is where some of the world’s best Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) can be spotted. This marvelous and truly unique sight appears more than 200 nights a year.

Northern Lights – Rovaniemi, Finland

2. The Home of Santa Claus

Finland, more specifically, Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, is home to the ‘real’ Santa Claus.

Santa Claus Village – Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi houses Santa Claus Village, Santa Park, and Santa Claus’ Office, where the man in red resides and greets visitors all year round. Your little ones will love these spots, and the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel happens to be located just around the corner!

Santa Claus Village – Rovaniemi, Finland

3. “Jokamiehen Oikeus” (Everyman’s Right)

This Finnish term epitomizes the local lifestyle, namely, it means that everyone has the freedom to roam the land. You can walk anywhere in nature! Explore the stunning forests, for example, which offer mushrooms, berries, remarkably fresh air, and wonderful sights of tall trees and vast lakes. 

“Jokahiem Oikeus”

4. The best place for skiing!

While often overlooked, Finland is actually the best destination for your next family ski trip. The skiing season often lasts longer than 6 months, from late October until May. Finland is home to hundreds and hundreds of kilometers worth of ski tracks, which, on darker winter days, are lit until late at night, and, during the spring, are illuminated by the sun for hours on end.  

Skiing – Finnish Lapland

5. Finland has the cleanest air in the world!

And Helsinki has the cleanest tap water of all big cities. 

Crisp Finnish Snow and Air – Rovaniemi, Finland

6. Finland is the safest place in the world!

This remarkable country is not only known for its breathtaking flora and fauna, but also for its safe (city) life. People feel comfortable using public transport or walking alone in city parks at any hour of the day, and it has been found that 91% of wallets deliberately left around in Helsinki were returned to their rightful owner. How great is that?

7. Finland is the home of the Moomins!

Finland is not only home to Santa Claus, but also to the renowned little creatures, known as the Moomins, which your little ones (or you) may have come across in childhood books and movies. Sounds familiar? Make sure to visit Naantali Moomin World or the Tampere Moomin Museum

Moomin House – Naantali, Finland

8. Finland has over 3 million saunas!

That is the most saunas per capita in the world! Parents, are you craving some me-time? Then there is truly no better place to immerse in a day of wellness than in Finland. 

Finnish Sauna Culture

9. The best place to be a mother (and a child)!

Did you know that the Finnish state provides expectant mothers with a durable box with necessities for their newborn (clothes, nappies, toys, sheets, and a mattress), that all new mothers get paid maternity leave for almost a year, and that mothers with babies and buggies can use public transport for free? The benefits continue when the kids grow older, namely, Finnish education is ranked as one of the best in the world, and is entirely free of charge!

10. Finland is the happiest place in the world!

Yes, it’s true! But that shouldn’t be a surprise, right? Saunas, Santa Claus, sleighs, safety, flora and fauna, you name it!

Finnish Snow Fun

11. Wildlife!

Finland is home to many wild animals and birds, including bears, lynx, eagles, reindeer, swans, and the world’s rarest seal. If you’re lucky, you may spot them in their natural habitat!

Finnish Wildlife

12. The best place to engage in Arctic Adventures!

We cannot and will not leave this reason out; Finland truly is the best place to engage in wintry adventures!

Husky Sleigh Ride – Rovaniemi, Finland

With the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel as your ‘home-base,’ you can marvel at the breathtaking Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed, go ice-fishing, explore surrounding national parks, visit nearby Santa-themed locations (mentioned above), or go for a unique husky sleigh ride. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true for you and your little ones?

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel – Rovaniemi, Finland

Read more about the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel here.