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A Finnish Escape

The world’s most northern metropolitan centre - Helsinki.

The culture rich capital nestles within the stunning Baltic coast. In the summer months, night time simply isn’t a thing for Finland. With 100km of coastline and 300 islands, most of which are accessible for recreational use, Helsinki is a maritime lover’s dream. For the more artistically inclined, the Ateneum art gallery’s 20,000 works will provide endless delights. After dark Helsinki does not dim down, you can visit the award winning cocktail bar A21 which combines luxury and innovative mixology to provide a unique experience. Clubs such as Baarikärpänen and Kuudes Linja ensure your Scandinavian adventure continues well into the early hours.

The 24 hour sunshine means that the stunning geographical treasure trove of Lapland is constantly on display. Geographical treasure isn’t the only thing on offer – Lapland’s golden fields have been excavated for over 150 years, gold fever still grips tourists and locals alike. 200 days a year the sky reveals its own secrets: the legendary northern lights. The lights are a life changing experience to behold. Any wildlife fan will also be interested to know there are currently 34,567 Reindeer's prowling the forests.

Braving the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is a hub of activity within the dense forests of Lapland. With a hive of winter activities, Rovaniemi offers endless activities from forest treks, jet boat rides, white-water rafting and husky sledging. Rovaniemi’s traditional pastime is that of fishing – whether in the lakes of Lapland or the gulf of Bothinia itself, Rovaniemi provides endless provision for the casual fisher or anyone after a big catch. Rovaniemi's biggest attraction is only ever mentioned through hushed whispers, this legend of Lapland is said to reside near Rovaniemi and sends shivers through the spines of children and parents alike – that of Santa Claus.

Green Motion Finland opens on the 20th July. With Finnish roads typically quiet and beautiful, hiring an environmentally friendly car is the best way to see this northern gem.