Finland is one of those destinations that will leave you feeling mesmerized by the county’s jaw-dropping locations that offer distinctive holiday experiences in one amazing destination, from forest-lined ski resorts to self-drive trips that unveil sweeping lakes, wonderful countryside and captivating culture – and of course, the home to Santa’s magical grotto and an excellent viewpoint of the bewildering Northern Lights.
During the winter, Finland turns into a magical wonderland, in particular, Lapland, where the dark winter days draw in and the hustle and bustle of the charming towns and ski resorts aluminate the forested trees where nature and wilderness are just minutes away! Visit at the most wonderful time of the year where Santa will be waiting in his grotto and his reindeers come out to play with an array of wonderful experiences to enjoy such as sleigh riding, feeding and races! Considered as one of the best places to see the spectacular Northern Lights colour the sky, Lapland boasts of having around 200 nights a year to see the Aurora Borealis.
The Finnish Lapland is one of the most spectacular locations in Europe to discover the largest Lake District. Embark on a guided or self-drive tour passing thousands of lakes across 11 beautiful cities and towns, where you will uncover breathtaking lakes, a wealth of culture, unforgettable animal encounters, spa sanctuaries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to tick off some of the must-see attractions along the way including Iitala Glass Museum in Hameenlinna, bear watching in Kuhmo and Kainuu, amazing lakes by the Russian border and UNESCO Heritage Site Verla groundwood and board mill in Kouvola.
Helsinki is Finland’s enchanting capital with lush green parks and over 300 beautiful islands to explore. You will find yourself ringed by spectacular design, architecture, culture and shopping, all best explored by foot to really get the feel of this beautiful city. With so much to see and do in Helsinki, a two or three day stay is worth it for getting in all the must-see attractions. The Helsinki Zoo homes almost 200 animal species including the brown bears and the Barbary macaques! For 360 degree views of the city, why not hop on the SkyWheel, which offers 40-meter high views, or hop on a short ferry ride to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, one of Finland’s main attractions, which is sprawled in history and culture.
What is the language in Finland?
The languages spoken in Finland are Finnish and Swedish.
What is the currency in Finland?
Finland uses the Euro as currency.
How long does it take to fly to Finland?
It takes around 3 hours from London to Helsinki Vantaan Airport.
What is the time difference in Finland?
Finland is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
When is the best time to travel to Finland?
Finland is ideal for all year around, depending on what activities you want to do and where you want to explore. Between December and March Finland transforms into a winter wonderland with many winter activities such as skiing and seeing Santa in Lapland. Spring begins between April to May where nature begins to blossom after winter has disappeared and the sun starts to shine. For a summer break in Finland, visit during June, July and August with long and warm summer days and plenty of events to enjoy. Between September and October the leaves start changes colour in time for autumn, which can be a really beautiful time of year to visit the sweeping natural sceneries of Finland.
Do I need a visa for Finland?
UK passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Finland, as a British national you can stay as long as 3 months.