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Finland
Travel Guide

Utsjoki which includes boating, a river or creek and landscape views

Finland is a versatile tourist destination with something for everyone. Enjoy the bustling city life, take part in sports or relax amid the beautiful scenery.

A trip to Finland is easily arranged at any time of the year, as the country has an almost unlimited number of things to see and do for travellers of all ages. You can focus on enjoying the lively culture, shopping and museums of the Finnish cities, or go on an adventure holiday to Lapland’s breathtaking natural surroundings. Meet Santa Claus, or explore the beautiful Finnish archipelago, for example, by bicycle or on a cruise.

Finland has excellent transport links throughout the country, so it is easy to find an inexpensive trip to any Finnish destination at any time. The country has a comprehensive railway network, and places that are inaccessible by train are easy to reach by bus or private car, or by sea. There are numerous airports around the country, so you can save time by using a plane to get closer to your destination. This is a quick and popular mode of holiday travel to more distant parts of Finland, for example from Southern Finland to the fells of Lapland.

An interesting city break in Finland can be enjoyed anywhere in the country, with cities of different sizes found in every area, from the southernmost extremity of Finland to the most northern. Southern Finland holds the country's largest cities, including the capital, Helsinki, which has the widest range of museums, as well as major children's favourites such as Linnanmäki amusement park and Helsinki Zoo. Southern Finland has cities to suit every taste, including the historic city of Turku and the beautiful and youthful city of Tampere on the banks of the Aura River, a university centre packed with culture. While travelling in Southern Finland, you should definitely explore the wonderful archipelago and the life of the Åland Islands.

Besides the great cities of the south, there are excellent city destinations all over the country, each with its own absolutely unique culture derived from the local history of its region. You can explore Ostrobothnian history and culture, for example, in Oulu, Vaasa and Seinäjoki. The largest cities of Eastern Finland are Kuopio, Joensuu and Mikkeli. The cities of Lapland include Rovaniemi, where you can visit Santa Claus Village, the great favourite of children and the young at heart, as well as Tornio and Kemi, where you can experience the unique atmosphere of Lapland on your city holiday.

Besides city tourism, Finland offers unique opportunities for nature travel and active holidays. The fells of Lapland offer various opportunities for cross-country and downhill skiing for winter sports enthusiasts of all levels, and the chance to fall in love with the unique scenery of Lapland, for instance by hiking among the colours of an arctic autumn. The year-round sports and natural attractions worth visiting in Lapland include the Rukatunturi area in Kuusamo and Lemmenjoki National Park in the gold-mining area. Outside Lapland, other ways to experience the natural environment of Finland include cycling the Archipelago Trail or hiking in the beautiful natural landscape of Finnish Lakeland.

In Finland, you can admire the distinctive cultures of the cities, find different ways to enjoy an active holiday or just take a breather in the clean and pure environment. Spend your own kind of holiday exploring the wonderful possibilities that Finland can offer.

Popular cities in Finland

Helsinki featuring a marina, a bay or harbour and general coastal views
Helsinki
Known for Shopping, Business and Family-friendly
Visit Helsinki for its refined charm, vibrant culture, beautiful buildings and many museums and galleries.

Reasons to visit

  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Finlandia Hall
  • Stockmann
Akaslompolo showing tranquil scenes, kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek
Kittila
Known for Skiing, Family-friendly and Sport
A well-known winter sports destination, Kittila is an excellent addition to the Leviturnturi (fell slopes) for snowmobiling, as well as hiking through the wilderness in the winter or summer.

Reasons to visit

  • Yllas Ski Resort
  • Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
  • Lemmenjoki National Park
Tampere
Tampere
Known for Business, Shopping and Family-friendly
Get away to Tampere! Enjoy the museums, festivals and cathedral.

Reasons to visit

  • Nasinneula Tower
Turku
Turku
Known for Shopping, Business and Museum
Experience the museums, cathedral and festivals in Turku!
Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla
Known for Lake, Skiing and Museum
Finland's second biggest university town offers beautiful, lake-studded surroundings for a city break and a variety of activities.
Oulu showing northern lights and night scenes
Oulu
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly
Romantic Oulu awaits: its dining, entertainment, museums and more!

Finland

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