Finland has been named one of the top countries in the world for travellers in 2017. The country receives the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. 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.
Finland earned the third position thanks to the host of events planned in every region to celebrate the country’s 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.
Winter sports enthusiasts can join the centenary celebrations at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti. The events take place from 22 February to 5 March and see 700 athletes from 60 different countries compete in 21 events and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The brand new Moomin Museum will open in the City of Tampere on 9th May 2017, housed in the newly renovated and expanded Tampere Hall. The Moomin Museum will host over 2,000 pieces in its collection and will have a reading room with Tove Jansson’s books in 51 languages, a space dedicated for children, a new restaurant and shopping facilities.
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.
“We are thrilled Finland has been recognised in these prestigious awards,” said Eva Kiviranta, PR and Media Coordinator, Visit Finland. “We look forward to welcoming a host of visitors to join the events throughout the country as we celebrate 100 years of independence together.”
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, explained, “We 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.”
Top 10 countries in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017:
Notes to Editors:
● Further information is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel from 09:00hrs (GMT) Tuesday 25 October 2016
● The lists are under embargo until 09:00hrs (GMT) Tuesday 25 October 2016
● Review copies of the book and extracts are available
● Image galleries of each of the top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations
● Lonely Planet spokespeople are available for interview
● Specific pages from the book can be emailed on request
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● This year's global sponsor for Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 is Samsung.
● Editions of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 will also be available in French, German,
Italian and Russian.
Visit Finland, part of Finpro Oy, is a state agency actively promoting Finland as a destination for foreign travelers. Visit Finland works closely with Finnish travel regions, travel businesses, transport companies and ministries, marketing tourism to Finland from abroad.