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    All About Finland

    Finland experiences 4 seasons. Summers, June to late August, are typically mild and comfortable, cooler to the north, with daylight 24 hours/day with the midnight sun. Winters are long, cold, dark, and snowy, and temperatures will be colder the further north you are. It is recommended to layer clothing, and to be prepared for any type of weather all year.

    Capital of Finland:

    Helsinki

    Languages:

    Finnish & Swedish are the official languages, and there are other minority languages such as Sami and Karelian. English is widely spoken.

    Major Airports:

    Helsinki, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Turku, Vaasa, Tampere

    Time Zone:

    +7 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone​

    Currency in Finland:

    Euro (€ / EUR)

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport

    Voltage:

    230-volt (Type F plug, also works with plug C and E)​

    VAT:

    24%, and prices are always inclusive of VAT. Tourists can receive a VAT refund upon departure for purchases to be taken out of the country based on certain criteria.

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  • colorful autumn forest in Finland Lapland

    Regions & Areas

    Finland is known as the happiest country in the world!

    Northern Finland, Lapland

    This is where visitors can see the Northern Lights during the winter, and the midnight sun during the summer. Learn about the traditional indigenous Sami culture with a visit to Siida, the Cultural and Nature Center of the Sami. The town of Rovaniemi is home to Santa Claus, known as joulupukki in Finland. You can meet him any day of the year. Discover the expansive outdoors and fresh air of the region. Go hiking or paddle a canoe on a pristine lake, cross-country ski or go on a thrilling dogsled trip. Stay overnight in a glass igloo, an igloo made of snow, a snow hotel, or a treehouse. Take a cruise on the Icebreaker Sampo on the Gulf of Bothnia near the city of Kemi, or experience an authentic Finnish sauna.

    Lakeland Region

    Enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, bike the marked trails through beautiful landscapes, cast a fishing line, hike on many of the alluring trails, or enjoy an evening boat cruise. Explore the medieval castle Olavinlinna, located in Savonlinna. Participate in winter sports of all kinds – downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice float in a drysuit! Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the historic mill in Verla, Oravivuori Arc Point from the 19th century, and Petäjävesi Old Church.

    Scenic view of woman looking at lake in Finland at sunset
  • Päijänne lake in summer in Finland

    Regions & Areas

    Coast and Archipelago

    Travel the Archipelago Trail by car, 250 km along the coast with 12 bridges, 9 ferries, and idyllic towns along the way or take a cruise on a vintage steamship through the archipelago.

    Explore the lighthouses dotting the coastline, with Utö having the first lighthouse in Finland built in 1753. It was destroyed later in a war, and the replacement was built in 1814. It is currently the oldest working lighthouse in the country. Location of 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kvarken Archipelago, Sammallahdenmäki Bronze Age burial site, and Old Rauma wooden town. Foodies beware: You’ll find the best food and drinks in Turku, Vaasa, and Oulu, cities on the west coast. Explore the historic wooden towns including Old Porvoo, Loviisa, Pikisaari, and Naantali, which date back to the 15th century. Children will enjoy Moomin World, a theme park based on the Moomin fairytale characters.

    Helsinki Region

    Take a guided tour to explore Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Old Porvoo, known for its colorful wooden warehouses on the river, with restaurants, cafes, shops, and boutiques featuring works by local artists. Take a canal and archipelago cruise, or tour Helsinki by Segway. Less than an hour from Helsinki you can spend time exploring Nuuksio National Park. Visit Espoo to see the 500-year-old medieval Cathedral, see the Museum of Modern Art and explore the town.

    Suomi Or Finland. Beautiful Red Finnish Wooden Log Cabin House On Rocky Island Coast
    • Young traveler woman standing on the comfortable bed and watching breathtaking northern lights or Aurora Borealis over a snowy landscape in starry night in Lapland, Finland
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      Accommodations

      Unique Stays

      You’ll find a variety of accommodations in Finland including cabins and mountain resorts, glass igloos, lavoos (Sami Tipis), and treehouses.

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      Accommodations

      Hotels

      Finland offers hotels of every standard, from snow and ice hotels to independently owned to global brands. Breakfast and taxes are always included in the room rate. Hotels in Finland do not use the star rating, and even the best hotels in the country may not offer amenities such as room service and porterage. Specialty hotels may also offer spa and wellness services.

    • Warm Finnish creamy soup with salmon and vegetables in old ceramic bowl on old wooden background. Rustic style
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      Food & Drink

      Fish – A main staple throughout the country as well as its roe. One particular fish, murukku, is only found in this part of the world. Related to salmon, it is at the top of the desired fish. More common is the silakka which is a type of herring.

      Crayfish – A local delicacy that is often the center of parties in late summer, and salmon soup is served in homes and restaurants.

      Grains – Finnish food culture is based on availability and practicality. Porridge is a popular dish, as are breads and pastries. This is due to the successful agriculture raising grains. Rye bread is a staple of the Finnish diet.

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      Food & Drink

      Berries – They grow in abundance in the Finnish forests, and are eaten plain or made into jam and jelly. Puolukka is a type of lingonberry common throughout Finland, but the Arctic cloudberry is typically only found in the north and is considered a rare treat.

      Reindeer meat – Hailing from Lapland, it is served throughout the country, all year round.

      Domestic beer – Koff and Lapinkulta are the most well-known, and craft breweries are popping up.

      Michelin Stars – Helsinki has seven restaurants with one Michelin Star.

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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Outdoors

      • Northern lights in the fall, winter and spring
      • The midnight sun of summer
      • Finland has over 40 national parks
      • Maritime culture
      • Finland’s archipelagos
    • Winter Lapland Reindeer sledge racing in Ruka, in Finland
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      Arts & Culture

      • Finnish sauna
      • Sami culture and traditions in northern Finland
      • Historic town of Old Porvoo
      • Finnish design Iittala glass and Marimekko textiles
      • Composer Jean Sibelius
      • Architect Alvar Aalto
    • Suomenlinna fortress in Helsinki, Finland
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      • Old Rauma
      • Fortress of Suomenlinna
      • The Old Church of Petäjävesi
      • Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki
      • Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
      • The Kvarken Archipelago
      • Struve Geodetic Arc (Also on Norway and Sweden’s UNESCO list)
    • Olavinlinna fortress at sunrise. Early morning in Savonlinna, Finland.
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Architecture

      • SnowCastle of Kemi
      • Snow Hotel in Kittilä
      • The Turku and Olavlinna Castles
      • Helsinki Cathedral
      • Old Porvoo
      • Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Helsinki
      • Finlandia Hall, Helsinki
      • Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki
      • Amox Rex Art Museum, Helsinki
    • Aerial view of The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki in summer night.
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      History & Museums

      • Suomenlinna Museum, Helsinki
      • Finnish Aviation Museum, Vantaa
      • Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä
      • Arktikum Science Center and Museum, Rovaniemi
      • Pargas History Museum and Industrial Museum, Pargas
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Visit the northern region (Lapland) August–April for the Northern Lights and May–August for a summer sun that never sets. In the south, April–October are typical travel months, with summer best (and most crowded) for enjoying nature and December for Christmas events.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Finland is a year-round destination. Winter coat, mitts, and layers for winter. In summer, a waterproof jacket, comfy shoes, and if you need total darkness to sleep, a sleep mask.

    • Language

      Language

      Finnish & Swedish are the official languages, and there are other minority languages such as Sami and Karelian. English is widely spoken.

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport is required to travel to Finland.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Finland.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      Driving yourself around Finland brings the convenience of personal transport and allows you to control what you see and how long you spend at each location. They drive on the right side of the road in Finland. Car rental is widely available, and most rental companies have a minimum rental age of 25. When driving in Finland, you must be alert for wildlife on the roads. Winter driving can be tricky with snow and possible slippery roads, and prior winter driving experience is recommended.

    • Train

      Train

      The rail network is extensive and incredibly efficient, and there is an extensive bus network.

    • Ferry

      Ferry

      International ferry service is available to and from Germany, Sweden, and Estonia.

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Unlike our other countries, private tours in Finland require both a driver and a guide. Chauffeur tours offer another way of getting around without the hassle of maneuvering the roads. It also adds an extra element of personal service to your vacation.

  • Festivals, Special Events and Holidays

    You may wish to plan to visit to participate in any of these events! Please be aware that accommodation availability may be affected during these events:

    • Helsinki Light Festival – January
    • Poro Cup Reindeer Race, Lapland – February & March
    • Midnight Sun Film Festival, Lapland – June
    • Midsummer – Saturday between June 20-26
    • Helsinki Pride Week – Late June
    • Music & Cultural Festivals, around the country – June through September
    • Tree Hugging World Championships, Levi – August
    • Helsinki Design Week – September
    • Helsinki Arts Festival – Late Summer
    • Helsinki International Film Festival – September
    • Christmas Markets, around the country – November & December
    • National Holidays: Shrove Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Labor Day – May 1, Saint Lucia’s Day – December 13, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, 2nd Day of Christmas, Independence Day – December 6
    Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral in winter, Finland
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Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral in winter, Finland

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