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CNN lists Finland's Lake Inari as one of Europe’s "most beautiful places"

The 24-hour news service’s travel site described Lake Inari as the perfect backdrop for watching the Northern Lights.

Lake Inari bathed in the bluish light typical of "kaamos", deepest winter's polar night, when the sun does not rise above the horizon. Image: Esko Jämsä / AOP

"A year-round paradise," is how US news service CNN described Finnish Lapland's Lake Inari (Inarijärvi in Finnish) as part of its roundup of the 20 most beautiful places to visit in Europe.

The listing on CNN’s travel site aimed to introduce travellers to less popular destinations on the continent, which it said might be familiar mainly to residents and the more adventurous.

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Lake Inari offers remote but compelling views to fearless travellers. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

One of the travel site’s recommendations regarding the northern Finland destination it singled out was that it provided the perfect backdrop for observing the Northern Lights.

It also noted that as the epicentre of Sámi culture, the north represents Finland at its most traditional.

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The midnight sun during summer at Lake Inari. Image: Mikko Karjalainen / AOP

Other well-kept destination secrets on CNN’s list included Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the dunes of Henne Strand in Denmark and Lake Vattern in Sweden, among others.