It is amazing to see how active people are in Finland even in winter with piles of snow everywhere. People of all ages walk, run, skate, and ski into the night. Activity in nature is such an integral part of the culture. Finns are trained both at home and at school from a very young age about the nature around them.
I quickly learned that a great Finnish tradition is to take hikes into the woods and grill sausages.
Most trails are outfitted with well-supplied and maintained cooking shelters complete with wood.
So, in the winter you carry in a hot drink in a thermos and grill sausages and Karelian pies to warm you up. There are endless hikes everywhere in Finland. In the summer, the woods are covered with blueberries! If you happen to be there in July go picking and then find someone who makes blueberry pie!
Festival and Events
Jyväskylä is home to a huge Rally car race every summer. Also, each September there is the Finlandia Marathon run around the lake. I have run the half-marathon before and loved the scenic route. In Helsinki you will find most of the international events.