|You can Golf 24 hours a. day in Finland ...and that's not your biggest surprise.|
If you have
not visited Finland before dear reader, then this introductory feature
might make it easier for you to short list this surprising Scandinavian
country as a possibility for a future vacation. If that break were
to be golfing based, your first surprise will be, possibly, to learn
that Finland boasts more than 70 golf courses, the great majority
of them being 18 holes.
Many of these
courses are within an hour or so from Helsinki, and most are open
to members of the public who can produce some kind of player's certificate.
In some cases, heated greens extend what is in some regions, a season
somewhat shortened by the local climate. But what the heck,
nature's bountiful offerings is your cup of tea, than perhaps Finland's
"lake district" with no less than 180,000 clear, and cold
lochs is a good place to start. These lakes, of course, offer all
the magnificent outdoors and water sports that one would anticipate.
In fact Finland's geographical location offers water not only in the
lake districts, but also along her many shores as well. As it lies
at the end of sea routes from other Scandinavian countries as well
as the continent, it is possible for skilled boats men to come to
the country under sail. A word to the wise though, sailing in the
archipelago can be exceedingly dangerous because of shallows and concealed
rocks. You must stick to established routes and come prepared with
the latest in sea and boating charts. With water playing such a prominent
role, it should come as no surprise that there is a big choice in
boating activities. Among the most popular being canoeing and white
water rafting. Organized tours are very popular, with choices of “roughing
it” or "hard top" accommodation available. Guided tours
for River ratters also are becoming tremendously popular with adventure
seeking visitors. Finland is Utopia for most game fishermen, with
a satisfying selection of packages available and a decent catch any
time of the year all but guaranteed in writing. Hiking, cycling. horseback
riding, and trekking round off the complete sporting vacation. Business
visitors will find state of the art facilities in many main hotels,
and the country often plays host to major conventions and seminars.
The Activelifestyle Travel Network can help you find the accommodation you need. Visit them at WWW.activelifestyle.com.
|A quick look at some of the golfing possibilities.|
Nordcenter is located in a historical coastal area in southern Finland, an hour’s drive from Helsinki. The nearest town is Tammisaari, which has a lively sailing resort. Nordcenter is regarded as one of the most exclusive courses in the country.
The 18-hole championship course was designed by Ronald Fream, and its contours follow the changing landscape – entering the woods, lining the sea, and climbing up small hills. Many golfers rank it among the most challenging courses in Finland.
Saimaa golf is located in Mikkeli in the Lake District of Finland, a 30-minute flight from Helsinki. The golf course is only a few kilometres from the center of Mikkeli, in the middle of the deep blue lakes of eastern Finland. Saimaa Golf Course was built in 1989 and is located on lake land and surrounded by elegant parktype woods. Most of the fairways are quite demanding, but, as they end in exceptionally large greens, the course is also a pleasant outing for those who are of limited talent and experience.