Finland is a quiet, laid-back place made up of vast expanses of forests and lakes dotted with small towns. It's also the home of Santa Claus and all the kitsch fun associated with him.
Helsinki, the chic capital, is the place to see Finnish design, take advantage of excellent shopping and enjoy a lively nightlife. Turku, located at the mouth of the Aura River on the south coast is an historic centre and the gateway to a stunning archipelago that stretches into the Baltic Sea. Tampere in the beautiful western Lake District is a popular start point for sailing, salmon fishing and skating; it's also home to the only Lenin museum in the world.
However, people come to experience the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis that play across the Arctic sky. Discover a world of exciting experiences in the fresh, clean Lapland countryside, where activities include skiing, snowmobiling, reindeer or husky safaris and ice golf; a tot of vodka and a proper sauna provide everything you need for total relaxation.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
Relatively mild in spring and autumn and warm, light summers. Snow cover in the north lasts from November to April. February is the coldest time and when the ski season starts properly.
Midsummer's Day on 21 June is the largest celebration, when people leave the cities and towns to toast the longest day of the year, there are big rock festivals at this time. Savonlinna Opera Festival, held in the medieval Olavinnlinna Castle, is famous, but it is the Pori Jazz Festival in July that is popular. On Sleepyhead Day on 27 July the laziest persons from Naantali and Hanko are thrown into the sea, Sonkajärvi hosts the wife-carrying championship every July, and the Air Guitar World Championships are held in Oulu in August.
Potatoes, meat, fish, mushrooms, local berries such as cloudberries and rye bread form the basis of Finnish diet, but the cuisine has been greatly influenced by French, Swedish and Russian cooking. Expect excellent fresh fish, such as pike, perch, trout, whitefish, salmon and Baltic herring. Reindeer is also on menus, often smoked. Drinks include berry liqueurs, such as mesimarja (arctic bramble) and polar (cranberry), and good beers.
Normal courtesies apply. Wait to drink until the host toasts your health with a kippis or a skol. Finns may be reserved, so visitors should not worry about a lack of small talk. Shoes should be removed on entering someone's home.
Helsinki (HEL) 20 km from the city, Turku (TKU) 7 km from the city, Tampere-Pirkkala (TMP) 15 km from the city, Rovaniemi (RVN) 10 km from the city.
Excellent network of domestic flights. Rail travel is cheap and efficient. Buses are the principle carriers to more remote parts. Lake steamers and motor vessels ply the inland waterways. Main roads are passable at all times. Car hire available.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Finland. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Finland. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Finland, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
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