Here is an exceptional travel initiative from Finland: for June, July and August 2019, visitors can apply for a genuine Finn to host and guide them for three days. The purpose is to introduce the way of life that has made Finland the happiest nation in the world in 2018 (according to this report). The hosts will do whatever they do at home, at a cottage, or during their leisure time activities.
Rent a Finn seems like an excellent idea, but from a traveler’s point of view, the key to a successful visit is to choose the right kind of host. Eight hosts are available. They are well chosen from hundreds of applicants who want to introduce the Finnish culture, nature and way of life to foreigners.
The hosts live in the capital Helsinki, in Lapland (north of the Arctic Circle), eastern lake district, and in archipelago south of mainland. These four regions are the most attractive destinations for visitors.
Here are our tips for considering where to apply.
- Urban dwellers should try to get to Helsinki, keeping in mind that even in the city, the nature is always near.
- Sea lovers should consider hosts who are living in the archipelago or on the coast. A thing worth noting is that although the weather in summer is warm, the temperature of the sea stays cool.
- Vast forests, abundant wildlife, hills, marshlands, and lakes await visitors who head to the lake district.
- One of Europe’s largest wilderness regions is Lapland. It is an exceptional area that covers the northernmost regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Adventures, wild life and open landscapes leave a permanent mark in memory.
El Periodoco Viajar reports that the hosts are provided for free to the guests. Since Visit Finland marketing organization is behind the Rent a Finn initiative, visitors should expect that they are asked to participate in activities that may involve cameras or microphones, or both. Guests are expected to speak English.
The hosts, labeled as Happiness Guides, are prepared for experiences like visiting a national park, a fishing weekend at a summer cottage, berry picking in the wilderness, enjoying a proper Finnish sauna, to name a few.
Guests can apply during 18.3 – 14.4.2019 at Rent a Finn web site. A video clip is required along with interests and personal details.