When to go? No road connection? Cold? Mosquitoes? How to get there?
Many glamping sites are found in Lapland or south-western archipelago.
In the North, winter is the peak travel season, whereas in archipelago high season means summer months June, July and August. The warmest summer weeks between Juhannus (Midsummer celebration at the end of June) and mid-August are the busiest.
There are also many nice all-year-round places. In Northern Finland, white summer nights are getting more popular. Autumn colors in September draw many to the far North. Most years the best time in Lapland is in mid-September, in Southern Finland colors usually peak in the end of the month.
The best time to see northern lights (aurora borealis) is September to March. With clear skies in Lapland, you have 50 % chances every night. In Central Finland considerably lower. (Pst… Sign up for free aurora alerts on the Finnish Meteorological Institute`s website)
Easter in Lapland means high drifts of snow and abundant light. In March and April, the Christmas time dusk has given way to long days and bright sunshine. For many in Lapland, this is the tourist season number 1.
If you are heading for a glamping site on islands, remember that some require a booking for a ship or a ferry. All island destinations give how-to-get-there -information on their websites
In our gallery, the text Island destination! warns you there´s no road connection.
Åland - the largest of the 7000 Åland islands south-west of the Finnish mainland - can only be reached by ferry, by boat or by plane from the Finnish mainland or Sweden. But once you get there, all our Åland destinations can be reached by car. (More details on ferry connections in the bottom of this page.)
Cold or Mosquitoes?
A couple of interesting facts about cold:
- Air humidity in wintertime Finland (especially inland) is extremely low. That´s why - 20 degrees Celsius ( -4 F) doesn´t feel like.... well, - 20 degrees Celsius.
-Also, when it´s very cold, there´s usually no wind (especially inland).
-On those days, an interesting phenomenon takes place: The extremely cold air flows down to the valleys, but high on the top of fjells - soft-shaped mountains of Lapland - it´s pretty warm.
It´s a jarring feeling to stand on the top of Pallas fjells in - 5 C
(23 F) and the soft red sunshine of winter day, while the center of the local town down by the river has - 30 C ( -22 F) and arctic night. (During the shortest mid-winter days the rays of the sun reach only the mountaintops.)
-Many providers of wintertime activities offer special clothing that makes the experience a pleasure even in freezing temperatures.
-"There´s no bad weather, just bad equipment." With super warm clothing there´s nothing to worry about - maybe with just one exception: wind.
-Wind makes cold feel cold. That´s why glamping sites and hotels of Lapland are usually snuggly settled in the midst of woods, often by a small lake.
...and facts about mosquitoes:
- Where there is wild nature, there are summer-time mosquitoes, too. But not everywhere.
-Mosquitoes love bushy woods and especially swamps, little ponds and wetlands, where there is a lot of still water to breed and shadows to spend time.
-That´s why cabin-owners love open landscape, dry hills and sandy or rocky shores by great lakes, where there is a lot of sunshine and wind - and no mosquitoes! Don´t mind some big trees or lawn, but keep off wet, marshy or bushy areas when you choose your accommodation for summer months.
-Great bodies of water don´t attract mosquitoes - quite the opposite. Finnish people like to spend time on their thousands lakes. On the lake you have always some breeze that keeps bugs away.
-Urban areas usually don´t have mosquitoes.
-Usually there are more mosquitoes in the Northern parts of the country.
-The worst time is often in June, when - on the other hand - most wild flowers are in full bloom. But talking of wild nature you can never say for sure.
-In late July and August amounts of mosquitoes fall sharply.
-Like many travelers to tropical Africa, Alps or other wildlife destinations know, it´s essential to have quality accommodation! Most mosquitoes stay in the shadows during the day when people go about there tasks and holiday activities but become very active in the evening. Your cottage/tent/igloo/villa/hotel must be 100 % bug-free!
-Scandinavian mosquitoes don´t transmit diseases - they are just an annoyance - but why to suffer if you can avoid them?
An ideal place for a bug-free cabin - see details in the text!
There are two usual ways to get to Finland.
From Russia, there are good road and railroad connections as well as ferries ( stpeterline.com )
Others fly to Helsinki ( the capital on the south coast) to Oulu ("in the middle"), or straight to Lapland (Kittilä, Rovaniemi, Kuusamo airports in the north).
Remember, Finland is a looooooooong country. There´s little population but lots of wilderness areas. If you fly, pick an airport relatively close to your destination.
Yet, don´t hesitate to rent a car. Highways are in good condition, all services are available and outside capital area traffic jams are almost unheard of.
Glamping in Finland
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