Lonely Planet announces Finland one of the top countries in the world for 2017
Finland has been named one of the top countries in the world for travellers in 2017. Finland receives the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017. The bestselling, inspirational travel yearbook from the world’s leading travel authority highlights the top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2017.
2017 is really important year for Finland and the country has earned the award thanks to the host of events planned in every region to celebrate the centenary of independence. The book highlights that travellers can expect everything, from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage-travel-poster exhibitions…
Events throughout the year will be designed to bring locals and visitors together and discover the expansive Finnish nature. Finland will be hosting Nature Days inviting people to explore the surrounding landscape and take advantage of the adundant harvest. Activities include foraging for wild mushrooms and berries and rambling through the vast woodland areas.
To further honour the country’s close relationship with nature, Finland has nominated Hossa in eastern Finland to be the country’s newest national park. Hossa, which lies in Suomussalmi in the Kainuu region, will become the country’s largest national park. The total area of the new national park is roughly 11,000 hectares and is part of the Natura 2000 network of nature conservation areas in the European Union.
The culmination of the festivities will take place on 26th August when Helsinki celebrates 100 days ‘til 100 with a feast together in the capital. Visitors are invited to join the table with local businesses, associations and residents as they share customs and celebrate this monumental anniversary.
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, explained that they included Finland in this year’s list of top ten countries, because it deserves to be recognised on the global stage. With a host of centenary events coming up, a new national park, a fascinating food scene and wonderfully magnetic landscapes, the country has something for everyone.