Finland has a long western coastline which has a great deal of history, culture and natural beauty to offer. At the south end, the fragmented coastline is an archipelago of islands which give way to the open plains around Ostrobothnian and further north are the rolling fells. Staying in a self catering cabin in Western Finland is a a wonderful way to discover one of the most scenic and unspoilt parts of Northern Europe.
Western Finland ideally lends itself to hiking in the countryside or nature spotting in the unspoilt national parks. In spring and autumn there are many bird migrations which bring birds to Western Finland's nature reserves. Spend time on a remote island or enjoy the culture, browsing the arts and crafts centres and shopping at the small towns. Music festivals are plentiful during the summer months including the Air Guitar World Championships which can be enjoyed from your Western Finland holiday home. Discover the historic wooden houses clustered around each harbour, and feast on the freshly smoked fish which is the staple of the Finnish diet. Smoked salmon, trout and herring are all part of the Nordic diet and are a delicious highlight of any self catering holiday rental. Those looking for more action can drive a real F1 racing car, or enjoy a spin on one of Europe's best karting tracks. Winter sports also provide some adrenalin pumping activities from husky rides and snowmobiling to skiing and ice skating.
The Kalla Islands, which were granted autonomy from Swedish rule in the 1770s, have a wonderfully unique history and some beautiful old buildings. Visit Maakalla and Ulkokalla to see the community of fishermen which are based there in small huts. The Tietomaa Science Centre has interactive exhibits and great views over Oulu. Skata is one of the largest continuous areas of wooden houses in Finland in the town of Jakobstad.
Despite its cold and snowy winters, Western Finland has warm and sunny summers with daytime highs reaching 21°C (70°F). Summer days are very long in this "Land of the Midnight Sun" although the sun barely appears during the winter months. Temperatures can drop as low as -10°C (14°F) or lower from December to March. Rainfall is lower in the spring and is generally higher in the autumn.
The nearest airport serving holiday rentals in Western Finland is the main Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) Airport which is 19km (12 miles) north of the city. Airport buses and taxis can transport visitors into Helsinki and car rentals are available for those staying further afield. A car is essential for exploring the more remote parts of Western Finland.