Valentines or Friendship Day
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We celebrate Valentine's Day in Finland as 'Friend's Day' which is in Finnish called Ystävänpäivä. Most foreigners find it quite surprising, but also really very sweet with a unique interpretation of not only romantic love but also platonic love. Therefore, family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends are included in the celebration as well. In this article, we give you suggestions on how to celebrate Friendship Day in Finland with the people you care.
Flowers for a friend
Surprise your lover or a special friend with a flower. Typically, women in Finland buy flowers or plants to each other, especially on birthdays so why not on Valentine's day also. Popular flowers in Finland includes roses, carnation and tulips. A wintry white flower bouquet is a simple, yet cheerful gift that sends a message that you care especially in challenging occasions like these pandemic times where we socialize with friends more rarely. You could either buy from shops near you or order directly online from Interflora, where they deliver the flowers directly to your doorstep.
The perfect Getaway in a Manor or Spa Hotel
Everyone wants to be royalty, and Valentine's day is a perfect occasion to be treated and pampered like a queen or king. An exceptional romantic getaway to impress your loved one. What about a relaxing massage or other spa treatments of your choice. You can enjoy an exquisite fine-dining experience in a glamorous restaurant or choose delicacies delivered in your room. Naantali Spa is a fantastic retreat for couples. Haikon Kartano or Hotel Haikko Manor is one of the famous manor hotels in Finland, the hotel is in a small town of Porvoo, and the best facilities for a romantic getaway. Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo is in Vantaa, right beside Flamingo Spa. Even though Flamingo Spa is popular amongst family and kids, they have an adults-only section. There you ease off for a swim and sauna. The hotel is attached to the Jumbo shopping center, which is one of the best shopping malls in Finland. You can find more information about manors and spa hotels through the Momondo website.
Cottages and outdoor activities
The Finnish climate provides many fun wintery activities for everyone to enjoy such as skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding hill, and ice fishing. Cottages in Finland are cozy and comfortable and mostly equipped with the necessary facilities to make your weekend with loved ones a treat. There are many different cottages available in Lomarengas to choose from.
A night out and bed and breakfast
Enjoy different evening entertainments in good restaurants, pubs, bars, and nightclubs with friends. When you are having fun, a night out can last until the break of dawn, and waiting for a taxi might be an exhausting and expensive experience, especially if all of you are going to different destinations. Instead of spending money on a taxi ride home, you and your friends can already stay in a reasonable budget for a luxurious night in a hotel with breakfast. If you are celebrating in Helsinki, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel has one of the best breakfast and is in the center of Kamppi Helsinki. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is conveniently opposite the railway and metro station. Radisson hotels are located ideally in the heart of every city in Finland.
Board Games and Online Food
If you are too busy and tired to go out or the weather outside is cold and frightful. You can enjoy Valentine's day with friends by staying in and having a slumber party. A simple get together playing board games, karaoke or dancing should do the trick. You can also make food together or order food easily online via foodora. Do not be alarm if the Foodora landing page is in Finnish. Just fill your location and choose if you want the food picked up or delivered. After that, just click the English language on the right tab to be able to order in English.
"A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world." – Leo Buscaglia
Editors note: This post was originally published in February 2020 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.