Any world traveler hoping to make the most of their time globe-trotting should absolutely put Finland on their list of places to visit. Though you may not gravitate toward the Scandinavian country, there are endless things to do in Finland for everyone from history buffs to rugged outdoor types. You can see one of the world’s biggest snow castles (which is way cooler than it sounds … it’s freaking huge). You can sleep underneath the entrancing glow of the Northern Lights. You can indulge your inner bookworm in a walk through the National Library of Finland, a true feat of architectural engineering. There is plenty to see and do in Finland, but you might want to heed these warnings if you want to ensure a smooth and exciting trip.
1. Don’t Be Afraid if You See Some Skin
In Finland, the entire society is much less body conscious than we are in the United States. A LOT less. As a result, if you find yourself in, say, one of the country’s seemingly omni-present saunas, — which is a must-do, by the way — expect to see a lot of people who couldn’t care less that you’re gawking at their naked bodies. It’s best to be cool and go with it. You’ll have a better time.