Finland has over 188 000 lakes and around 180 000 islands, many located in the Lakeland district, the largest in Europe. Finnish Lakeland is a blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges.
There is no scenery more Finnish than a summer cottage by the lake covered in green forest. In fact, over 90% of Finland is covered in either forest or water. But it’s about much more than just an iconic view. Nature is a huge part our identity, and a significant source of wellbeing for millions of Finns. It is also something we treasure: Finland has the cleanest water in the world.
In 2019, Lakeland hosed 1.1M overnights, which is 16% of all overnights in Finland.
Reach the Lakeland district through Finavia airports:
Kuopio Airport (KUO)
Kuopio is in the largest city in Eastern Finland with its 112,000 inhabitants. Kuopio is the home for the University of Eastern Finland, UEF.
Tampere Airport (TMP)
Tampere is the airport of the most populous inland city in the Nordic countries. University of Tampere is one of the largest and most popular universities in Finland. It is a traditional centre of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech expertise and extensive know-how in various fields. Tampere, together with its surrounding municipalities, creates one of the fastest growing city regions in Finland that offers excellent business and working opportunities.
Joensuu Airport (JOE)
Joensuu Airport is located in the vibrant and thriving center of North Karelia, Joensuu. The eastern part of Finland certainly is part of a high forest cover area.
Kajaani Airport (KAJ)
In the city of Kajaani lies between two significant recreational locations: the varied, all-year-round accessible Vuokatti and Lake Oulujärvi, an oasis known for its clear waters.
Jyvaskyla Airport (JYV)
Jyväskylä is located in the lake district of Central Finland. It is the largest city in the region of Central Finland and its population growth rate is one of the highest in Finland. Jyväskylä is a city of education: every fourth passer-by is a school-goer or a student.
Savonlinna Airport (SVN)
Savonlinna, the pearl of Lake Saimaa. Savonlinna is a beautiful and lively city of around 35 000 people in Eastern Finland, in the lap of lake Saimaa. The Savonlinna Opera festival is a cultural event known across the world, and with Olavinlinna castle as its stage is a one of a kind historic attraction.
Picure above: Lake Saimaa. Visit Finland / Mikko Nikkinen.