Lonely Planet, the travel guide publisher, has ranked Finland among its three top countries to visit next year. In its annual ranking published on Tuesday, it named Canada, Colombia and Finland as the most interesting destinations for 2017. Other destinations on the top ten list include Dominica, Nepal, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
“We’re sure that this ranking will have an enormous effect on tourism, says Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Vice President of Visit Finland. He points out that Lonely Planet is oriented toward travellers who want to independently arrange their own off-the-beaten-track trips, and that Finland is ideal for such travel.
Canada and Finland are both celebrating anniversary years, honouring 150 and 100 years of statehood respectively. Lonely Planet promises tourists a feast of special centenary events, “everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage-travel-poster exhibitions”.
It also notes that Finland will next year inaugurate the new Hossa National Park, east of Oulu. Now designated as a Hiking Area, it boasts ancient rock paintings, historic buildings and popular fishing lakes.