The Land of a Thousand Lakes
With, in fact, over 180 000 across the country, one of Finland’s most unique and interesting features is its abundance of lakes. It is no surprise then, that many a Finn chooses to spend their summers in lake-side cottages, where they can bathe, fish and enjoy a boat ride. Dark green forests meet clean blue waters, offering an unforgettable backdrop for memorable summer evenings spent talking, eating and drinking. In the winter, glistening frozen surfaces also allow for ice-skating and cross-country skiing. Finland’s largest lake, Lake Saimaa, is a whopping 4,400 square kilometers, contains numerous islands and is home to the endangered Saimaa Ringed Seal.