Finland. Land of the midnight sun and Land of a thousand lakes. Finland should really be known as the “land of tens of thousands of lakes and islands” because there are actually 187,888 lakes and 179,888 islands in the country (side note: who counts these things?).
Finland recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of independence. Many places around the world celebrated by lighting their own famous landmarks in Finland’s national colors of blue and white. Here some additional fun Finnish facts:
- The sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer and does not rise above the horizon for 51 days during winter at Finland’s most northernmost point.
- There are over three million saunas in Finland.
- There are no payphones in Finland.
- Forget about Seattle — the average Finn consumes 5 cups of coffee per day.
- The concept of “freedom to roam” allows folks to pick berries, camp, and fish almost anywhere.
We thought we’d highlight a wonderful geocache within Urho Kekkonen National Park, a picturesque nature preserve in the northern region of Lapland. Many geocachers wait to log this cache at the stroke of midnight or host events at the witching hour, bathed in the midnight sun.
This geocache is located at the top of one of the highest and most barren hills, also known as a “fell”. Named Kiilopää, it rises to 546 m (1791 ft) and is reached by walking 2 km (1.25 mi) along a series of wooden stairs, planked walkways, and well-worn paths. The route is challenging towards the end due to the elevation gain, but the views from the top of the surrounding area are well worth the effort.
Incredibly windy, sometimes foggy, but on a clear day, you can see for miles and log a well-earned smiley.
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