Finland Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Finland? Our detailed Finland insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

Filled with forests, islands, lakes, and modern cities, Finland has a little something for everyone. Often overlooked in favor of Sweden or Norway, Finland has a much more authentic and local Scandinavian feel. If you are unsure what to expect from a trip to this wonderful nation, this Finland Travel Guide is the perfect place to start. Come spend 7 days in Finland exploring the country’s culture and history, or see the Northern Lights and other natural wonders, you will find plenty of trips to fit your needs.

The best time to visit Finland is considered to be from June to August, especially if you are heading up to Lapland, home to Santa, sledding and, of course, snow—lots of it. But Finland in June can be a paradise for outdoor lovers with kayaking, hiking, and climbing activities galore. This is true for Finland in July as well. Together with the extended daylight hours, the summer months also give you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the popular sites as well as least-known corners of this beautiful country. And If you are unsure about how many days to spend in Finland, you can check out our guide and see what kind of itinerary fits your dream Finnish vacation.

Top Destinations in Finland

Discover the highlights of Finland.

Explore Rovaniemi City

Explore Rovaniemi City

Experience the enchantment of Rovaniemi City, Lapland! Discover Santa Claus Village, cross the Arctic Circle, and meet Santa himself. Marvel at the Northern Lights, go reindeer sledding, and explore the Arctic wilderness on husky safaris. Don't forget to visit the Arctic Snow Hotel for a truly unique experience.

Embark on A Polar Expedition and City Cruise to Helenski

Embark on A Polar Expedition and City Cruise to Helenski

Embark on a thrilling polar expedition to Helsinki! Explore the vibrant city's rich history and culture, visit iconic landmarks like the Helsinki Cathedral, and enjoy a scenic cruise along the stunning Baltic Sea coastline. A perfect blend of adventure and urban exploration awaits!

Explore the Natural Beauty in Kuusamo

Explore the Natural Beauty in Kuusamo

Discover Kuusamo's natural beauty: stunning landscapes, clear lakes, and enchanting forests. Experience hiking, fishing, and canoeing. Marvel at Riisitunturi and Oulanka National Parks. Enjoy winter sports and witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Kuusamo is nature's playground, waiting to be explored.

Finland at a Glance

Quick facts about Finland.

CAPITAL CITY

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Known for its exquisite architecture and vibrant history, one can find Scandinavian and Eastern European influences here.

SIZE

338,145 square kilometers. Finland is one of the largest countries in Europe. A large area of the country is natural wilderness.

COUNTRY CODE

+358. If you are calling a Helsinki number, add the area code 9 after the country code and the phone number you wish to connect.

CURRENCY

Finland uses the Euro like much of Europe. It is quickly becoming a cashless society, so credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

MAIN AIRPORT

The main airport in Finland is Helsinki Airport. You can take a train directly from the airport to the city center in just 30 minutes. CODE: HEL CLOSEST CITY: HELSINKI

VISAS

Finland is a part of the Schengen area so the majority of travelers can visit for 90 days out of a 180-day period without having to get a visa. Some nationalities, however, will need to get a Schengen visa so check with your nearest embassy and consulate regarding visa requirements.

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. There are several indigenous languages such as Sami and Romani as well. English, too, is spoken by around 70 percent of the population.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

The emergency number for police, fire, and ambulance services is 112.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

Around 75 percent of Finland is covered by forests, making the country an ideal destination for outdoor adventures. It also explains why almost half of the Finnish population lives in the capital, Helsinki, leaving the majority of the country as wild and protected areas.

When to visit Finland

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Finland.

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Finland in January: Winter Activities and Exploration

Finland in January: Winter Activities and Exploration

With the northern parts of Finland located inside the Arctic Circle, the country is a winter holiday heaven in January. From dog-sledding expeditions, and steamy saunas in traditional log cabins, to cold-water dips in the Arctic Ocean or Lapland lakes, yo...Read more

Finland in February: Travel Tips for Snow-clad Ventures

Finland in February: Travel Tips for Snow-clad Ventures

Finland in February is frigid, but this is also one of the best months to venture around the snow-blanketed landscapes and see the magical Northern Lights. The last-official month of winter, February is a paradise for snow-based sports and outdoor activit...Read more

Finland in March: Taste of Two Seasons

Finland in March: Taste of Two Seasons

Winter transitions into spring in Finland in March and yet, the country’s popular winter activities are still open. So visitors can take advantage of both spring and winter attractions during this month. Head to Lapland to enjoy the exhilarating sno...Read more

Finland in April: All You Need to Know

Finland in April: All You Need to Know

The short Scandinavian spring brings a burst of color to Finland in April. While the north of the country is still in the frigid grip of the dark Arctic winter, southern Finland blossoms into warm weather with blue skies. You can experience excellent spri...Read more

Finland in May: Euphorias of Spring

Finland in May: Euphorias of Spring

With winter waning, days becoming longer, and temperatures rising, May is the time of year Finns begin venturing outdoors to enjoy the spring sunshine — and you should too. From hiking in the backcountry to exploring the lake district to celebrating...Read more

Finland in June: Recreations in the Magical Summer

Finland in June: Recreations in the Magical Summer

June is a month of celebration in Finland, as locals emerge from a long dark winter to rejoice in the warmer and sunnier days. The snow and ice thaw around this time and the countryside turn green, with flowers blooming all around. The lovely weather and...Read more

How long to stay in Finland

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Finland.

Great Finland Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Finland Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Spot polar bears in their natural habitat, sleep in igloos, and see the Northern Lights — Finland deserves a place on everyone's bucket list! While a Finnish polar expedition is a fabulous way to explore the vast wilderness of the country, traveler...Read more

7 Days in Finland: Top 2 Recommendations

7 Days in Finland: Top 2 Recommendations

With spectacular snow-covered scenery, a magical display of the Northern Lights, and a spirit-lifting summer, Finland is truly a fantastic place to travel to. While the country is most famous for the wild beauty of its Lapland, a trip to Finland also offe...Read more

5 Days in Finland: Top 3 Recommendations

5 Days in Finland: Top 3 Recommendations

From riding a dog sled to staying in an igloo hotel and meeting Santa, 5 days in Finland can offer you a lot. It is the perfect amount of time to explore Finnish Lapland. Try out winter activities like skiing and snowmobiling in Levi and Rovaniemi, and ta...Read more

10 days in Finland: Top 3 Recommendations

10 days in Finland: Top 3 Recommendations

Home to Santa Claus, Finland is known for its enchanting landscapes, beautiful summers and a quirky culture that’s neither fully Scandinavian nor purely Baltic. From seeing polar bears and seabirds in Spitsbergen and exploring Riga’s Old Town...Read more

FAQs for Finland

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Finland below.

  • How much does a tour to Finland cost?
  • How many days are enough to travel in Finland?
  • What is the best month to visit Finland?
  • What is the best way to get to Finland?
  • Is Finland tourist friendly?

Sustainable travel — How to travel through Finland responsibly

In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Finland. As part of this effort, we carbon-offset any Finland tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.

Here’s what you can do to travel to Finland more responsibly:

  • Carbon-offset your visit to Finland via Finnair. The moment your tour starts in Finland, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
  • Visit Finland has actually launched its own sustainability program which helps visitors enjoy the country mindfully and helps reduce the impact tourism has on the environment. You can learn more about what you can do to travel sustainably throughout Finland here.
  • As you travel and research your trip, keep an eye out for the special sustainable green labels. These have been vetted by Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) so you know that you are in good hands and your excursion or experience will be eco-friendly. You can learn more about what businesses have to do to achieve this label here.

Finland travel tips and insights

  • There are roughly 3.5 million saunas in Finland.
  • Get a Rail Pass while in Finland. It will save you quite a bit on transportation.
  • Prices in the fall and winter months are cheaper for traveling to Finland.
  • The winter months are the best times to visit for the Northern Lights

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