Hymn to cottage life
How often do you fall asleep to the sound of silence or do your morning routines in a lakeside cottage listening to birds twittering? Cabins and cottages are an essential element in Finnish life. Forgetting the daily grind is inevitable in retreats amid the country’s greatest resource: its rugged natural beauty. Heat up the lakeside sauna in the summer or get snug in front of the fireplace in the winter: rest and revitalisation are guaranteed. Long summer nights are best spent on the porch of a cottage, enjoying a relaxing drink with family and friends. Throw away your clocks, forget about to-do lists and let the endless sunlight recharge your batteries. Finns have an inherent yearning for nature. Only five decades ago, most of Finland’s population lived in the countryside and worked in traditional trades connected to their surroundings. These days, towns and cities are the most populous areas and people stay in touch with their rural roots by escaping to cottages and cabins at the weekend.
PURIFY BOTH BODY AND MIND. Lakeside cottages are the ideal way for Finns to get away from modern life, have time to breathe freely and simply listen to themselves think. Sweating out the stress in a sauna, with regular cooling dips in the lake, is the ultimate way to purify both body and mind, and these sessions can go on for hours. Nowadays, luxury cottages are available throughout the country and are an extremely popular way to spend holidays. However, many people prefer a more traditional approach, seeking smaller cabins that offer the bare minimum of amenities and are usually located further off the beaten track. Cottage life is often combined with activities such as hiking, fishing, mountain biking, mushroom and berry picking – anything you can think of in the vast forests and water areas for which Finland is famous. If you want to rent a cottage in Finland for the holidays, here is the place to start. Visitfinland.com got a selection of the best cottage providersand transportation services to choose from