Care about your well-being? Like being surrounded by lush and beautiful nature? Well, lucky for you, Finland has more than 70% of its land covered by forest. Most of these forests are uncultivated, which means they grow organically and produce even more benefits. In almost every neighborhood, there is a forest and a lake as nature is one of Finland’s most prominent features. Most of Finland’s forest have hiking trails, some have lights and wells, which explains why Finns and tourists love camping in forests.
According to Time Magazine, being in the forest or “forest bathing” awakens your senses, calms the nerves and de-stresses the body. In fact, it takes only two hours in the forest to achieve all of the above. One tree (full of leaves) is estimated to release enough of the daily dose of oxygen for 2 to 10 people. Therefore, forests play a crucial role in producing quality air, which is probably why Finland has the cleanest air in the world (WHO, 2018). In Finland, it takes no time at all to reach a forest. Just go outside and you will run into hiking trail in no time.
Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of activities that show how you can start enjoying “forest bathing” in Finland:
Nordic walking is one of the most popular activities in Finland for young and elderly people. It involves in hiking at moderate pace with poles on the walking trails in the forest.
Most Finns enjoy riding bikes instead of using cars or public transportation thanks to the positive trend of wellness in every day. The majority of trails in forests are well-lit so that people can enjoy a good bike ride even in the dark.
Running or hiking
This low impact exercise will boost your metabolism, thanks to the rolling hills and organic fresh air from the trees. In fact, many Finns prefer to go run with their dogs in the forest, rather than on a treadmill at the gym.
The benefits of hiking or even leisure walk in Finland provides a huge benefit in physical and mental health. This habit is a beautiful trait of Finns. Connecting with nature, thus clearing thoughts and washing worries away in nature. What a simple yet effective way to relax and unwind. One of the million reasons why Finland is the perfect travel and study abroad destination.
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