This article was updated on May 15, 2020.
Are you thinking about your next beach vacation or tropical paradise? We thought we’d do something a little different this year. Instead of trying to escape Mother Nature’s fury, we suggest digging into the season on a snowy schlep in a northern destination.
Finland is an exceptional winter travel destination. During the day, endless countryside is blanketed in icing sugar snow and peppered with frozen lakes. At night the sky is an eruption of light and color as the Aurora Borealis enthralls. Beyond of the Nordic nation’s natural beauty, Finnish people embrace the season. Skiing, sledding and snowshoeing are life. Ice fishing is the defacto pastime. And when things get too frosty, locals warm up their breeches in traditional smoke saunas.
If you’re interested in booking a gay tour of Finland, the guys at Out Adventures just launched an exciting expedition that makes the most of the country and the season. Here are ten sizzling highlights from their frosty foray.
Enjoy Finland Doggy Style
Take the reins on a traditional dog sled in blistery Finnish forests. With the help of a local handler, you’ll learn how to steer and control the pups before hitting the countryside for an invigorating excursion. MUSH!
Slumber Below Aurora Borealis
Finland is one of the world’s best countries to witness Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. On Out Adventures’ tour, one memorable experience will be falling asleep under the natural wonder in these unique glass-roofed cabins.
Experience a Snowmobile Safari
Another exciting experience with the Northern Lights will be an evening spent snowmobiling through gorgeous groves and wondrous starlit woodlands to seek out the light show. Keep your camera handy. Endless photo opps await.
Cross the Arctic Circle off your Bucket List
Explore the sparse fjords, fens and fells of Lapland up north. While you’re up here, you can even partake in an invigorating polar plunge….or not.
Glide Across Snow Covered Country
Finland offers exceptional cross-country skiing. Specifically, the aforementioned Lapland region is laden with trails through otherworldly landscapes. This is by far the best way to see Finland’s shockingly Instagrammable thousand lakes.
Defrost in a Finnish Sauna
When you’ve had just about enough of the cold, do as the Finns and enjoy a centuries-long traditional smoke sauna experience. Local lumber is burned inside stoves within a chimney-less room. When the temperature is just right, the smoke is ventilated out and the gentlemen ushered in.
Discover Tom of Finland on a Walking Tour
Another way to warm up is the steamy Tom of Finland walking tour in Helsinki. The experience begins with an audio-visual introduction to Touko Valio Laaksonen, aka the famed erotic artist better known as Tom of Finland. After the introduction, a local guide will lead you through the streets of Helsinki discovering everything from Tom’s local watering hole to his preferred cruising park.
Take a Bite Out of Helsinki
Nordic cuisine reaches new heights in an array of highly lauded Helsinki restaurants. The capital boasts six Michelin star restaurants, all touting locally foraged ingredients, reclaimed Finnish recipes and heritage everything. On Out Adventures’ tour, you’ll dine at two of the aforementioned Michelin Star restaurants. Bon appetit! Er… Hyvää ruokahalua!
Sit on the Real Santa’s Lap
ATTN Santaphiles: Finland is home to Santa Claus Village, the ultimate ode to ol’ Saint Nick. Feed carrots to real reindeer, deliver your Christmas list in person and make the naughty list by popping a Kris Kringle on Santa’s lap. Just kidding… or not…
If weather permits, a great way to wallow in Finland’s endless wintery landscape is a ferry ride through its fjords. You’ll be dumbstruck by endless Kodak moments bombarding you from every angle.
Out Adventures is the only LGBT tour operator organizing winter tours of Finland. Break out your thermals, lace up your winter boots and click here to learn more about the all-gay winter escape today. You can save up to $200 on all Out Adventures trips when booking online. Click here to get your special discount.
Note: This article was written in partnership with Out Adventures, however, rest assured all opinions are 100% our own and we would never sacrifice our integrity for a sponsorship.