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9 of the most beautiful places in the spring

By: Shea Gunther on April 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m.
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When discussing travel to Finland, it's helpful to split the country into its northern and southern halves. In the north, or Lapland as it's known, the sun doesn't appear above the horizon for the entire winter and doesn't set all summer long. It's beautiful and extreme and should be on anyone’s list of future travel destinations. Southern Finland is a little less arctic and, like its northern half, is a nature lover’s paradise. Finland has 187,888 lakes and is covered by forest on 86 percent of its land. You'll want to dress warmly, as temperatures in southern Finland in May range in the 40s and 50s — but it's worth the extra layers. The climate in Lapland is about a month behind that of the south, so if the northern half of the country is your destination, make sure to plan accordingly if you're aiming for the spring. The sun comes up for the summer in mid-May.