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You know what they say about Finland, especially people who have not been here yet: It’s supposed to be always cold, dark and known for its wet weather. But – and there is always a “but” – that is so not true!

Because not only the capital Helsinki has a lot to offer, also on the countryside and up in the Lappish north can be discovered more things of interest, even sunshine. What else could be hidden behind the mysterious “midnight sun” for example? There are times in summer when the sun does not set, so you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight in Finland. Sounds magically? We know! And you definitely should not miss that spectacle, so we present you here our network’s newest hostels to get your trip planned!

KUUSAMO: Hostel Oivanki

In Kuusamo you don’t need to decide, whether you are more of a summer or winter person, since here is plenty to do throughout the year. Tennis and football courts, jogging and mini golf tracks, swimming possibilities, the hiking trails of the Oulanka National Park are only some ideas to point out, alongside cross country ski tracks and an indoor gym as well as a multifunctional sports hall for playing ping pong, volley ball or dancing in the disco. And if you want more winter fun, you can reach the Ruka slopes within 20km driving distance. For their overnight-guests all kind of sports/activity equipment on the spot is provided by the Outdoor Education Centre and the facilities are free of charge. All of the above opportunities make Hostel Oivanki a good place to visit in all seasons. And lastly, here is another idea: Improve your frisbee-golf skills not only in summer, but while wearing snowshoes! Read more about Hostel Oivanki.

SODANKYLÄ: Hostel Vuotson Maja

Luontoretkeilyhostelli - Sodankylä/Vuotso, Vuotson MajaOpened already in 1949 and renovated in 2014 the Hostel Vuotson Maja offers visitors comfy beds, meeting rooms and dinner opportunities or can be just a good choice to stop for a cup of coffee on the road. The E4/E75 highway is situated close by, but the hostel is also on the doorstep of nature located – neither the Sompio Nature Reserve or Urho Kekkonen National Park nor Saariselkä’s and Kiilopää’s fells centres are far away. No matter what you’ll be looking for, you’ll get the best out of it: Hiking routes, hunting grounds, lakes and rivers with plenty of fish can be found from here as well as a perfect spots for berry- or mushroom picking. And if you dare to come back in winter, cross-country skiing trails in the middle of unbroken snow will be worth a try. Read more about Hostel Vuotson Maja.

KITEE: Hostel Savikon Kartano

A stay in the region of North Karelia is worthwhile for several reasons, so it comes in handy that, furnished as a cosy hostel, the villa Savikon Kartano offers a strong feel-good factor for your visit in  Kitee. Members of one of the most famous symphonic-metal-bands call this peaceful little town their home: Nightwish. Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen and their former front singer Tarja Turunen – who works as solo artist now – founded here their across national borders successful band. Originally brought to life as “Nightwish week” but now expanded as “Kitee International Music and Art Weeks“, the event will bring together also this summer artists from all over the world. But do not miss a few other attractions of the city. The popular Finnish design Marimekko is produced in the town of Kitee, however, it is known even better as moonshine-city, thanks to its crystal clear vodka (Kiteen Kirkas). Read more about Hostel Savikon Kartano.

RAASEPORI: Hostel Kisakeskus

The competition center in Raasepori, Hostel Kisakeskus, offers versatile accommodation from bunk beds for individual travellers to group stay opportunities in comfortable Finnish cottages, the traditional “mökki”. Sights as the Fiskars village or Billnäs village, which are both famous for their ironworks, lure nearby. Furthermore can be visited the medieval ruins of Raseborg Castle as well as the museum of Svartå Manor. For a more sportive factor Ruukkigolf and the tournament courts of Nordcenter, a number of riding stables and hiking or nature walk tracks can be reached in short distances. Also Finland’s southernmost ski slopes, located in the Påminne Ski Center, bring you a lot of adrenaline fun as they transform in summer to slope racing tracks. Read more about Hostel Kisakeskus.

All hostels of the Finnish Hostel Association provide comfortable, affordable and social accommodations and as a member of Hostelling International you will receive everywhere in Finland at least -10 % discount on the accommodation. Now it’s your turn: When do you want to go?

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Text:    Susanne Schick | 06/2016 | Pictures:  Suomen Hostellijärjestö ry  (hostels), © VisitFinland.com (main picture)