Warm weather is an integral part of daily life in Malta, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many locals would want something very different from their holiday. It’s why holidays to ski resorts and snowy landscapes are so attractive to Maltese people… and why this latest news will almost definitely make your day.
You can now fly directly to Finland from Malta!
That’s right; thanks to Finnair, travelling to the northern gem now doesn’t need to involve a whole lot of connecting flights and detours.
If you’ve been to Scandinavia before, you know exactly why this news is so great, but if you’re somehow still on the fence on this one, here are seven reasons why you absolutely need to check Finland out ASAP.
1. It’s the perfect place to truly experience winter
Malta’s idea of a cold day is when it drops below 15°C. Finland’s idea of a cold day is when it drops below -15°C.
If you’ve been meaning to experience actual winter, white-tipped trees and all, then this is definitely the place to be.
And with great connections to Finnish Lapland, you’re never too far away from the exact definition of a winter wonderland.
2. Helsinki has a unique urban landscape perfect for all architecture fans
From beautiful, centuries-old classic buildings like the Helsinki Cathedral to some of the most cutting-edge, modern monuments around, Finland’s capital has it all.
With multiple installations and shiny works of art sprawled around the the city, you’ll be hard-pressed stuffing your Instagram feed with the whole lot.
3. But the cities still have an amazing air of tranquility all round
The thing about sprawling European cities is that, thanks to their sheer size, there’s still more than enough space for you to catch a breather. And boy do Scandinavian cities deliver.
Helsinki alone is more than half the size of Malta, but it offers multiple places to just sit down and meditate the day away.
If buildings aren’t really our thing, you might not even have to leave the city to experience Mother Nature’s beauty or to get some proper down-time.
4. Nordic cuisine is something else
Blueberry pie, chanterelles, and enough wild produce to get even the most dedicated meat eater out of their comfort zone.
But hey, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can always try reindeer meat!
5. Finland’s got its own thousands-year-old history
The last glacial period might’ve been a rather barren time for the world history-wise, but 9,000 BC is actually when the history of Finland kicks off.
Since then, it’s been one long and never-ending voyage of crusades, empires, vikings and intense mixes of cultures.
The entire country breathes history through its natural formations and manmade structures, and nowhere is this more evident than at Suomenlinna’s sea fortress.
Originally built back in the 18th century during the Swedish era as a maritime defence, the fortress is the perfect example of how Finland’s nature and history are beautifully intertwined.
6. There’s easy access to nature, then there’s this
There’s a very big difference between knowing that nature is easily accessible, and seeing it all around you.
You can spot some of Mother Nature’s most awesome creations even in some of the larger towns, but places like Nuuksio National Park take it up a notch or nine and end up looking like they’ve been touched up with Photoshop. The best part is, it’s all real!
7. Finland is one of those countries that actually gets four seasons
So you know how, in Malta, we go from very hot, to unbearable hot, to wet and warm, to freezing? Well, there are places out there that stick to the seasons a little bit better… and Finland is definitely one of them.
The land with a thousand lakes has it all; from hot summer days where you can enjoy a bit of a swim, to snowy days where you’ll feel like Santa’s little helper.
BONUS: Oh yeah… did we mention the Northern Lights?
You might’ve seen an awesome light show that one time you went to a festival a couple of years ago, but Mother Nature always manages to put up the most spectacular show.
The Aurora Borealis offers up bright dancing lights in the air, creating a painting of green, purple and blue across the sky. If you’ve never experienced the Northern Lights, they alone are enough of a reason to head to Finland ASAP.
All of this is now possible thanks to Finnair
Flying straight to the Scandinavian paradise has now been made super easy thanks to the Finnish airline.
Direct flights are available until 9th December 2018 and will resume again in April 2019.
Book your place now to up your Instagram game and take home some memories you’re sure to keep for the rest of your life!