If you love nature, fresh air, forests and large open spaces, a stay in Finland is for you. The land of a thousand lakes offers beautiful natural scenery and a quality of life higher than the European average. For lovers of winter sports, Finland offers a wide variety of activities including; skiing, sledging, snowboarding, and sleigh rides, nothing is missing from the panoply of snow sports. The beaches in the country are of great beauty, although only if you go in summer. As there is no tide, the sea is often confused with being a large lake. It is important to pay attention to the weather forecasts during a stay in Finland, if the summer temperatures are mild with rather long days (or sometimes extremely long days beyond the Arctic Circle); the Finnish winter tends to be harsh. Finnish cities are located amid forests, lakeshores, in peaceful areas; here there are many artistic and architectural wonders to be found. The soul of Finland, however, is in its grand and serene nature.