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Our best travel tips for winter

What kind of holidaymaker are you? Romantic, childlike, shopaholic or something else altogether. Check out our travel tips for your winter getaway and take advantage of the co-op member benefit of up to 25% off the best available rate.

For the romantic: a walk in Tallinn

For those hungry for romance, we recommend the enchantingly beautiful Tallinn. You quickly forget about everyday life when walking hand in hand in the old town with its numerous tempting cafes and restaurants. The city has plenty of historical gems to explore, such as Kadriorg Park, Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Town Hall Square. The Patkuli observation deck offers a magnificent view of old Tallinn.

Original Sokos Hotel Viru

For children and the childlike

Winter vacation can be the best time. And it can be enjoyed in Flamingo in Vantaa. Here you will find a water park, glow bowling or the entire family, laser adventures and a wide variety of games. Movies, shops, and restaurants are within an elevator ride's reach from the hotel. And when visiting Vantaa, you should visit Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre.

Another perfect destination for children is Rovaniemi, where it's always Christmas! The Angry Birds Activity Park offers several hours of outdoor activities. It is also worth visiting Arktikum, Korundi and Science Centre Pilke, which can be found near the city centre. Bring your skis, as snow and ski tracks await you.

Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Rovaniemi

For Northern Lights hunters

For someone living in the south, the Northern Lights are a rare and wonderful experience. When you go hunting for Auroras, we recommend that you visit Koli, Tahko, Rovaniemi or Levi. There are several online services that forecast the visibility of Northern Lights, such as the Space Weather Centre RWC Finland or the Finnish Meteorological Institute's Space and Earth Observation .You can also ask the reception to be woken up in the event of Aurora Borealis at night.

The shopaholic's winter holiday

No Finnish city has as many shopping centres as Helsinki – and with the country's most functional public transport, it can be called a shopper's paradise. Here you will also find specialty shops and idyllic brick-and-mortar stores. Head for quick bargains or tour the city with time on your hands and a shopping list. You can rest your feet in numerous cafes and restaurants. Should you get bored with shopping, Helsinki has an endless number of sights.

For the exhausted

Is the darkness of winter getting to you – are you in need of rest? For you, we recommend a trip to Joensuu by the River Pielisjoki. Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel with its Superior X room with a King Size bed will take you to dreamland in no time. If you start feeling energized, you can choose to be pampered at the Kimmel Spa, visit evening restaurant Las Palmas, try the nearby jogging trails and or see the sights of Joensuu.

Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel

For the roadtripper

Are you a holidaymaker who likes to be on the go, always looking for new experiences and things to see? When the road is calling – or at least plowed in the winter – why not tour beautiful Finland? Choose your itinerary here – you can easily spend an entire holiday week touring. An eventful holiday trip itinerary in southern Finland can take you from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna, from there to Tampere and finally to Turku. See the best parts of beautiful Central Finland as you travel from Jyväskylä to Kuopio and from there to Mikkeli. A little further north you will find the route from Oulu to Kokkola and finally to Kajaani. Check our hotel pages for tips on sightseeing in the cities.

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