Welcome to the happiest country in the world. Sandwiched between Sweden and Russia, this humble Nordic country is blessed with pristine wilderness, deep green forests and thousands of lakes (188,000 to be exact). Whether it’s hiking or biking under the Midnight Sun, kayaking along the many rivers and streams, skiing down world-class slopes in the Arctic Circle or sweating it out in a sauna and going ice swimming afterward, Finland offers some of Europe’s best outdoor adventures. But it’s not just nature that makes this country interesting. Finland is also home to its cosmopolitan capital Helsinki, quaint towns and Lapland—home to Santa Claus.