30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Finland

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Finland

“Finland is boring when there isn’t snow on the ground,” a Facebook friend warned me upon my jubilant check-in at Rovaniemi, the main airport serving the Finland’s northern Lapland region. “Autumn is a boring time of year in Finland.”

His statement annoyed me, mainly because a cardinal travel rule of mine is never to rain on anyone else’s parade, even if they’re traveling in your least favorite place in the world. Moreover, as my friend Antti and I made our way through the Lappish forest toward a village that proudly describes itself as the “middle of nowhere,” I could see with my own eyes that my well-meaning friend was full of shit – the forest was literally on fire! OK, not literally.

Anyway, my entire experience in Lapland was like something out of a fairytale: Building a fire and camping on my own land; hiking through and spending a night on a reindeer preserve; and exploring a remote landscape near the Russian border that seemed like Narnia, but on the moon. When I add my time in the impossibly charming Finnish capital of Helsinki – and a boat trip through an adjacent archipelago with two long-lost travel friends – to the mix, Finland in autumn may very well go down as my favorite travel experience of all time.

Boring? I’ll have to ask my friend which planet he calls home.


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tarja October 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

Thank you – Kiitos! Beautiful pictures… I was there last autumn and I am still infected by Finnish Lapland at Ruska-Time… 🙂

Sarah-Lambert October 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. They really do make me want to go there right now. Ah! I can’t wait to see it myself!

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thank you for reading 🙂

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

I can’t wait for you to see it either 🙂 Finland will enchant you

Terka Rzymanová October 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Such a beautiful photos! It makes me miss Finland even more knowing I’m not coming back until summer..

Jetro Spectiva October 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I loved it. I should go there. Nowadays it’s not easy to camp anywhere in the woods. I mean, to be secure of the people you’ll find in remote places, i miss that.

Nettan October 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Beautiful 🙂
We usually do not see the beauty that is surrounding us all the time. We get blind to it. I am happy that you enjoyed the country 🙂

Marta Kulesza October 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I’ve been following your ’30 photos…’ series for a while now and I can say that this post is my favorite out of the series. The photos are just so simple, but tell such a great story! The birds sitting on those lines look like music notes and the those reindeers! Well done Robert!

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Marta, that really means a lot! I hope you’ll continue to follow the series.

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Thanks! I can’t wait to come back.

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

You should definitely come to Finland 🙂

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

But summer must be so beautiful!

jane October 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Finland is more than Lappland, but I agree: beatiful photos.

Robert Schrader October 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Hi Jane:

Finland is indeed more than Lapland, which is why I’ve also include pictures of Helsinki and the Helsinki archipelago. I am glad you’ve enjoyed my photos!

Marta Kulesza October 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Oh I definitely will!

Tuju October 15, 2014 at 1:57 am

Really nice pictures. Where is that statue of the girl located?

Elena October 15, 2014 at 4:04 am

That statue is located at Esplanadi, in the heart of Helsinki. It’s the bottom part of Runeberg’s statue: Finnish maiden wearing bear skin and holding a tablet with the national anthem. Fun fact: the statue was made by the poet’s son Walter Runeberg. You can find at least one other similar Finnish maiden statue at Senate Square.

PratapSingh October 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

Ooh Finland when am i gonna visit you

Taina October 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

Absolutely stunning photography, Robert. Thank you for taking me back, if but for a moment, to my glorious and wonderful homeland! 🙂

Robert Schrader October 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Thank you for coming with me! 🙂

Robert Schrader October 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Soon I hope!

Robert Schrader October 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for answering, Elena!

Robert Schrader October 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Elena answered while I was away. 🙂

Terka Rzymanová October 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

It is! Been there few times and it’s absolutely amazing! 🙂

Nupura Hautamaki October 15, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Beautiful photographs…..captures the beauty of my 2nd home just perfectly

Ivan Kalyakin October 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

bring us some LSD shrooms from their. ))

Robert Schrader October 17, 2014 at 6:50 am


Robert Schrader October 17, 2014 at 6:51 am

Thanks Nupura 🙂

Dan Li October 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

veryvery unique and beautiful pictures:)

Robert Schrader October 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

Thanks very much, Dan!

Julia October 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

And there’s something like 1000km between Lapland and Helsinki.

Robert Schrader October 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Very true!

Dan Li October 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

hehe..because of u and ur photo shots i joined Disqus, i will make some from China when i get back there:D

Sampras October 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

Is it just on purpose, or why you show the mushroom “Psilocybe semilanceata” in the big picture on top? Its a psychedelic drug. Finns use them or what?

fredrik October 22, 2014 at 5:30 am

Yup. Of course we bloody use them. Ancient, pre-historic folk culture. Around here, every man picks his own. A “drug”? Muahhahhahh. They grow out of the ground for absolutely free. Very benevolent for personal inner growth. The legal benzo-shit they force on the general public is the real “drugs” – despite the pretty corporate lables. What are you??? Swedish or something? Gotta ask Big Brother’s permission? Any case: Lovely photos. I love my ancestors holy ground so much! 🙂

Darude October 22, 2014 at 5:42 am

Shared. Gorgeous!

Robert Schrader October 22, 2014 at 6:56 am

Thank you 🙂 Finland is responsible though

Robert Schrader October 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

Hahaha, well to be fair we didn’t eat them for that purpose. Just for delicious flavors 🙂 But I support responsible “exploration” too 😉

Robert Schrader October 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

Thank u!

Robert Schrader October 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

I just thought it made a nice picture 🙂

Juri Pelkonen October 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

If one has the time and a car, it’ll be worth it to drive that 1000 kilometers. Beautiful scenery all the way.

Well, most of the way, to be honest 😉

Bruno Araújo October 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

Hi! Nice photos and nice topic! I have lived in Finland for 8 years. Taking a brake. I agree Finland can be beautiful in Autumn, but the beautiful time is very short. If one ois really lucky one will have a week or 2 during the “brown time”, when the trees are just beautifully coloured, but unfortunately that time passes fast to be replaced by leafless trees with very short days. Darkness rules then.

As you photos show, the sky is grey most of the time and the photos don’t show how cold it can get (and most people don’t take pictures in the rain:)) That is ok (nice even) if you are on holidays or if you have free time. But working people have it a bit harder. Most people will be working during the daylight time so they are left with dark, cold freetime and I can understand someone saying it is boring before the snow comes and gives some light to the much needed Finns.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Finland and I keep telling people to travel there, but Autumn is not the best time to go. And Finnish people are WAY much nicer in the summer :).


Robert Schrader October 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

Interesting perspective! I still think it is irresponsible to disparage an entire season in a particular country, as my friend unfortunately did.

Robert Schrader October 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

I’ll have to tell my friend Antti about this!

Miss Finland October 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

I’m from Finland and I can say that the point where Bruno said we are much nicer in the summer so that it is sooo true! 😀 Can agree that 100 %. The autumn and the winter are so dark times when we don’t even see the sun at all and it’s so cold here most of the times, about -15 or even -25 degrees (celsius). People will rather stay at home and drink a hot cup of tea and go in to bed under a warm blanket. At least I become more depressed and more quiet in the winter when we don’t have the sunlight here. Anyway, I don’t say it is boring or sth to live here, maybe we have just got used to this and don’t notice the beautiful little things here anymore.

And very bautiful pics 🙂

Iiro October 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Amazing photos.

six out of ten magazine October 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

I loved Finland in the dead of winter. The entire country is black and white and still and empty! Great if you need some relaxation!

Robert Schrader October 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

I want to go back!

Robert Schrader October 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thank you friend!

Pickles November 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I am Finnish and sometimes take for granted these beautiful views we have.. Amazing work! I see this every day but sometimes you have to go far to se the beauty in your everyday life… I prefer summer but I also love so much the atmosphere of the fall and winter in Finland! Once again, such a wonderful photoset! It made me realize why I love my stupid country so much!

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