Summer here is almost over: many people aren’t on holidays anymore, students started studying and moms with their babies (like in my case) can visit free family clubs again. That’s why I thought I can already publish my note how Finns spend their summer.
👨💻 In summer every Finn has a right to have one full summer month of vacation (of course, it will depend on whether they started working at this place this year or not, and teachers have more days off for obvious reasons), then there is one more week in winter. However, everything happens in different ways, these weeks can be used at different dates but you have to negotiate with your employer. Moreover, some can work for a few years but they still have only 4 weeks, and other cases can take place, too, but it’s already a different subject to discuss.
🚣♂️ As for Summer holidays many Finns can spend them with pleasure in their homeland, traveling to forest cabins at a lake, hiking in Lapland, or kayaking, and gardening or simply traveling by car inside their own country. Of course, the local beach is also popular.
☀️ Finns, like many others, like to travel to warm seas in southern countries, where it’s nice this time of the year, for example, to Spain 🇪🇸, Greece 🇬🇷, Turkey 🇹🇷(see ⏩ #fintravelsouthjutu in my Instagram main Blog )
🇪🇪 Estonian and 🇷🇺 Russian cities are also a Finnish tourist destination. For example, our Finnish friends enjoy Tartu in Estonia and Saint Petersburg in Russia.
🚢 Cruises (Tallinn, Stockholm, Maarianhamina/ Mariehamn (Åland islands) are popular, too, especially since there are often nice offers. Btw, right now there’s 50% discount on all cruises of Viking Line when purchased before August 31.
🛋 Of course, some people can stay at home and spend their holidays something like I wrote in the post «how do Finns unwind?»
⛱ You might have heard a common opinion about Finns planning their vacation in advance and enjoying package tours. I think I agree but I would still add my comments: 1) to my mind, Germans still fit this description better (IMHO); 2) I have many friends in Russia who also like to plan in advance and go to a travel agency.
✈️In general, it seems to me that in Russia we tend to spend our holidays sort of similar.
I wrote according to what I noticed about my Finnish friends, my husband’s friends and his relatives. Add what you noticed about Finns this way.
❓And how did you spend your summer and how do you usually spend your summer vacation / holidays?