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Curated bucket list for travel in 2023 to Finland, the World’s Happiest Country

Credits: Julia Kivelä

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Press release, Helsinki, 5 December 2022

Spark joy the Nordic way by spending time in nature from forests to fells, enjoying a good steam in the sauna, that quintessential Finnish steam bath, and soaking up the endless sports and cultural offerings from live music to visual art, biking and skiing.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

LakelandGTE - Outdoor Company, Sahanlahti Resort

Electric Snow Scooter Safari
Embark on a winter wonderland adventure with a modern Nordic twist on a guided snow safari by an electric snow scooter. At the Sahanlahti Resort near Lake Saimaa in Finnish Lakeland, the eco-friendly e-snow scooters are as easy to ride as a bike.  

Credits: LakelandGTE Outdoor Company

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

Step into the world of Tom of Finland
This unprecedentedly extensive exhibition showcases the works and life of one of the world’s best-known Finnish artists, Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonen, who was known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art and a major influence on late 20-century gay culture. Opens April 28, 2023, and runs to October 29, 2023, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki.

Bodom Bar & Sauna, Espoo

Try a steam at the metal music bar  
Founded by Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, the newly opened Bodom Bar & Sauna features three saunas in the city of Espoo, where the well-known band started back in 1993. At the “unholy concoction of a hard rock café and a dive bar,” visitors can experience Finnish sauna culture, an integral part of life in Finland; there’s also an onsite Bodom-themed museum for fans.   

Credits: Bodom Bar & Sauna

The Solstice Festival, Ruka-Kuusamo

Celebrate summer solstice at the top of the world  
Midsummer marks the magical time when the sun doesn’t set next to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. The Solstice Festival celebrates light and life in nature with music and art from domestic and international talents from June 22-24, 2023 at Rukatunturi, an Arctic fell with views over pine trees and lakes.

Credits: Pietari Purovaara

Chappe, Tammisaari

Art house by the sea 
Chappe, a new art gallery housed in a striking modern building, opens on March 23, 2023 in the cultural quarter of Tammisaari, a charming seaside town with a Swedish-speaking majority. Built around the theme of artists and adventurers from the Nordics, Chappe is the lovechild of two pioneers of medicine Albert and Clara de la Chapelle.  

Credits: Chappe

Kurula's, Pyhä

In the Lapp of luxury
Kurula's, a brand-new luxury hotel in Pyhä, Lapland, opens February 18, 2023, with a premium lakefront chalet that allows guests easy access to lake, fells, ski lifts, and hiking trails. Nestled in Pyhä’s ancient charm, Kurula’s is next to Lake Pyhäjärvi and the oldest national park in Finland. 

Credits: Kurula's Resort

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