Devouring the Midnight Sun in Finnish Lakeland

Finland is the definition of an understated travel destination. Growing in popularity in both winter and summer in recent years, it was only a matter of time until a beautiful little Insta shot hurtled Finland to the top of my to-travel list. Scrolling through endless sunsets, sunrises, mountain views and sweet postcards-from-paradises (like any community, the travel influencers are known for grabbing a strong hold of those clickable cliches), I spotted an aerial shot of a single kayak paddling out on glassy water, bathed in golden sunlight. “Midnight in Finland,” the caption read. Wait – midnight?! I knew that the sun stayed high in the summer, but I didn’t realise that it literally never sunk below the horizon?!

My imagination ran wild, and all of a sudden there was nothing more important to me than recreating that moment IRL. So I did. I scoured Airbnb and booked a cabin in the woods. I recruited my dad into meeting me and drive up into Finnish Lakeland and flew to Helsinki in late June on a cheap €100 return flight from Amsterdam.

I am ecstatic to report that it lived up to all my wildest Insta-fantasies. #travelporn #Awesome #Europe #Finland #Woods #Summer #Adventure #Scandinavia #Lake #Lakeland #Forest

Devouring the Midnight Sun in Finnish Lakeland