Winter brings out things in nature we rarely notice in other seasons. Things quiet down, suggesting we should slow down a bit, too. The best way to find peace of mind is to leave your everyday behind and find new, relaxing experiences in new landscapes. Take your weary soul on a road trip and charge your batteries the way the locals do in the Pohjola route destinations.
Blanket Yourself in the Warmth of Winter
The warm feeling of cold water
In wintry Oulu, a curious sight may meet the eye of a first-time visitor. Despite the season, bicycles and swimming suits are not stowed away. The locals know better than to stop taking their body and mind out in the fresh air, or water!
Bikes are used in everyday commute just like any other season, and bike roads are kept in excellent condition all year round. Before their day at the office, many pop by the beach and take an icy plunge in the river or pond nearby. Heated bathing huts are usually available!
Despite the season, bicycles and swimming suits are not stowed away.
Sauna til you drop
Another year-round favourite of the locals and an experience sure to take you to the gates of nirvana is, of course, the sauna. Steam or traditional, you’re about to find these temples of R&R in most places offering accommodation – even the smallest cottages.
In Rokua Geopark, surrounded by unique, picture-perfect nature in every season, the Rokua Health&Spa invites you to unwind in various pools. Dip in, breathe deep and admire the views opening from the windows, wherever you look. For a final treat, choose your favourite from the spa’s sauna selection.
There’s no place like sauna.
Treat yourself to a treatment
Make sure to book a spa treatment and leave yourself in the hands of professionals for a luxurious massage, cosmetology treatment or a relaxing bath. Find one of the oases located in the midst of the most enchanting northern nature, and combine your spa trip with a day out walking in the heathlands in Rokua Geopark, northern fell scenery in Syöte or the maritime atmosphere and frozen seashore in Kalajoki. A combination of a day out in nature and a sauna, bath or other kind of pampering in the evening is the local recipe for total reset of the body and mind.
When you’re all pampered up and ready for bed, climb under the duvet in your favourite type of accommodation. A log cabin just for you, a modern apartment or hotel room with breathtaking views? You choose.
So take a different kind of winter vacation and head to the Pohjola route. And don’t forget to pack your swimming suit!