From low-key birdwatching to high-adrenaline dogsledding and off-road biking, there’s fun for every travel style under the midnight sun.

Finland delivers big in the winter magic department, but summertime in this Nordic gem is just as spectacular. Warmer weather sends nature-loving Finns running outdoors to soak up the country’s lush natural landscapes, and summer activities span the adventure-travel spectrum, from island-hopping by ferry to biking across Finnish Lapland or teeing off at 12 a.m. under the Arctic Circle’s endless polar days. Finland’s beloved sauna culture reigns year-round, remaining the essential activity for recharging after a day of peak fun.

The season kicks off with the Midsummer holiday, held on the Saturday nearest the June 21 solstice, when locals gather for barbecues and bonfires at private lakeside cabins or retreat to the islands surrounding Helsinki, such as Seurasaari or Suomenlinna, for peaceful picnics. That outdoorsy spirit perseveres throughout the summer and beyond, for as long as nature allows. Very few areas across the country are off-limits, thanks to Finnish Everyman’s Right – this freedom to respectfully roam, forage, and fish in natural areas means travelers can hike, kayak, or set up camp just about anywhere. Here, a few of our favorite Finnish summer activities for every level.


A peaceful escape: Finland’s Lakeland district.

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