Finland.... Land of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Lapps, Northern Lights. Land with an inhospitable climate, immense forests of birches and conifers. How many images stick to the skin of this country of 5 million inhabitants, with a very low density. And yet, if it seems wild, Finland lets itself be tamed by anyone who really wants to discover it. Trapped between Norway, Sweden and Russia, it is neither Slavic nor Scandinavian, however: it is Finnish. And it is both one and several. From Helsinki, its capital, sometimes compared to St Petersburg for its neoclassical architecture, to the Nordic Lapland, tourists will discover many surprises. He will get to know its thousand lakes, including the famous Saimaa Lake, which gave him a nickname. He will see that beyond its mainland, it is also composed of 40,000 islands, including Turku, the former capital. The traveller will be blessed to witness the magic of the polar nights, the northern lights and the midnight sun. Finally, he will discover a country where nature is king, and dictates a large number of activities. And between a sleigh ride and a fishing trip, he will certainly be tempted by the sauna, a local specialty!

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When to go to Finland?

In Finland, the tourist season varies greatly depending on the region. Throughout the South, the high season extends from early June to mid-August. In Lapland, it starts in February and lasts until the end of April, not to mention September and the end of the year celebrations. Of course, as everywhere else, prices are then multiplied by two or even three. Be careful, as the school year starts in mid-August in Finland, many schools are closed or slow down from the second half of August. From September, autumn, the ruska spreads its wonderful colours between red, yellow, copper and orange. This is probably the ideal time to hike. You will avoid the harshness of winter and still enjoy a landscape with sublime shades without being eaten by mosquitoes. The most romantic can indulge in the sweetness of canoeing. Winter marks the return of the cold. Between mid-December and mid-January, the kaamos, the polar night extends its hold over the region. Those who are most addicted to winter sports will nevertheless be able to enjoy a wide range of activities. Between March and May, observation of the boreal halos is also privileged. Depending on the region, find out about the dates of the midnight sun and polar nights, which are quite extraordinary for those who are not used to them

How to go to Finland? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

City weekends, sports trips, multi-activity trips in Lapland, cruises, autotours, summer hikes, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing trips, combined tours with other Scandinavian and Baltic countries: there are many possibilities to discover Finland. The specialists offer a wide range of offers: you will be spoilt for choice! The cost of stays remains quite high, in line with the cost of living in the Nordic countries

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It is easy to go to Finland alone, as the country is well served by plane. Finland is a very safe country, where children and disabled travellers are more than welcome. The only potential danger is more due to the omnipresence of nature. Elementary caution when hiking in desert areas. Notify the information points of your visit by signing the tourist registers. However, it is necessary to be well informed about weather risks.

The airline Finnair serves all 24 airports in the country. The bus and train network is dense. Boat connections also exist. Finally, driving is a real pleasure in Finland: good citizenship and zero tolerance for alcohol are the order of the day. Beware of snow-covered roads! In the city, there are no problems to get around: public transport and taxis are very common. And you will soon realize the omnipresence of the bicycle in Finnish life!

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When to travel?

In Finland, the tourist season varies greatly depending on the region. Throughout the South, the high season extends...
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Weather forecast

The Finnish climate changes slightly depending on the region. In the south, Finland's climate is of a Nordic type. In...
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Budget

Unlike Sweden and Norway, Finland is part of the euro zone. Small precision, 1 and 2 euro cent coins are not used in...
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Formalities

Finland is part of the Schengen Area. For EU nationals, a valid passport or national identity card is sufficient to e...
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Health

You run little risk when travelling to Finland. No vaccine is required. Just check that your vaccines (D.T.Polio...)...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is easy to go to Finland alone, as the country is well served by plane. Finland is a very safe country, where chil...
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How to get organized?

City weekends, sports trips, multi-activity trips in Lapland, cruises, autotours, summer hikes, snowshoeing, cross-co...
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Getting around

The airline Finnair serves all 24 airports in the country. The bus and train network is dense. Boat connections also...
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