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Popular Finland Vacation Itineraries

You could spend your vacation exploring Finland only, or mix it up and add in some time in the Baltic States. Estonia is just a two-hour ferry ride away. Then Latvia and Lithuania are well connected by road. We've got plenty of Finland vacation ideas for you. Our suggested itineraries in Finland and neighboring countries in the Baltic States allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Finland and beyond hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions, and activities.

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Where to go in Finland

Finland Custom Tour Packages

Stretching the definition of "Eastern Europe," Finland is a something of a departure from our other destinations. One reason we include Finland in our lineup is that Helsinki is two hours by ferry from Tallinn. There are also affordable direct flights from several North American cities to Helsinki. This makes it a convenient starting point for a tour of the Baltic States. If timing allows we can arrange an airport pickup and a tour of Helsinki's main sights, then drop you off at the ferry to Tallinn. This is the ideal travel plan if you want to see the main sights and skip spending a night in Helsinki, but can feel rushed and doesn't allow for jet lag.

Finland's best destinations

You might think of Finland as just a winter destination. That's not the case. There are fun things to do in Finland in the summer and all year. Finland today, and especially Helsinki, is home to some of the world’s most innovative designers. The design shops in Helsinki are world-famous. There’s an entire district of the city dedicated to the latest creations from young designers. If you’re visiting Helsinki you should take a jaunt to the Design District.

Helsinki's must-see sights

In the center of Helsinki you’ll find the Kamppi Chapel, an oasis of peace and calm. It's one of Helsinki's most unique attractions. Designed as a place for locals and tourists to enjoy a moment of silence, it is a rare treat in one of Finland’s most populated areas. And if you are looking for relaxation, then don't forget Finland's famous saunas!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna is another must-see while visiting Helsinki. It's a fortress built on six islands that are part of the capital city. But you’ll have to take a short ferry ride to get there. The perfect picnic destination, Suomenlinna is a unique piece of military history. It will give you a different perspective on Helsinki and its heritage.

Finland's travel specialists

There's a great variety of accommodation in Finland. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Finland, we can make it happen. Visit Helsinki and stay in Finland, or explore the Baltics too. Contact us for a free travel consultation. We'll start planning the perfect Finnish vacation for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Finland

When is the best time to visit Finland?

Unless you’re heading to Lapland to see the Northern Lights, visit Finland in summer, preferably between mid-May and mid-September. Finland never gets hot, even at the height of summer, while winters are cold, snowy, and dark. Summers are mild, with highs in the 60s and low 70s in Helsinki, and while the sun sets for a few hours, the horizon remains red.

Is Finland safe?
Finland is one of the safest countries in the world, and often rated as the world’s least corrupt country. People typically leave cars and homes unlocked in the countryside, while parents often leave their children sleeping in strollers outside shops and restaurants, even in winter (under thick blankets, of course!) However, public drunkenness can be a problem, especially on April 30th (the main holiday for students), and there can be pickpockets in Helsinki's center. Helsinki is built on exposed bedrock, so you may hear an explosion, as a new basement or tunnel is dynamited into the rock!
What is Finnish cuisine like?

Finnish food is typically Nordic, with Russian influences. Potatoes and black bread are the foundations for any meal, combined with fish (especially salmon or herring), meat, and mushrooms. Dairy products are common. Food tends to be mild, with spices rare, but game, such as reindeer, bear, and elk is easy to find. Berries are popular, from cranberries and lingonberries, to more exotic cloudberries, which only grow wild in Lapland (as reflected in its price!) Even berries that are commonly farmed elsewhere are generally harvested wild instead, which gives them better flavor. For a quick snack, try a Karelian pasty, which has a rye crust folded over on the sides, and carrots or rice, with warm butter and boiled egg spread over it right before being eaten. While Finnish foods are rarely sweetened, save for Pulla (pastries, some of which resemble cinnamon rolls) the Finns have a sweet tooth. Salmiakki is Finland's most infamous food. Licorice made with ammonium chloride, Salmiakki has a powerfully astringent, salty taste beloved by locals. One popular TV ad featured foreigners eating a Salmiakki-flavored ice cream bar with disgust, and Finns eating the same food with glee. Candies made of pine tar, an ancient medicine, are also common.

Finns love to drink, and are among the world leaders in milk, coffee, and alcohol consumption. Finland has a reputation for good vodka (especially compared to some of the local beers). If you’ve been on your feet too long, there’s always a cafe nearby. Finland also has some of the world’s cleanest drinking water.

What is transportation like in Finland?

Finland has excellent, if expensive, transportation, with trains often the best way to explore the country. Helsinki is built on an archipelago, and has many ferries connecting islands to the city's main body. We recommend taking one to Suomenlinna, the fortified islands in the harbor that the city was built around. Helsinki's attractions are generally within walking distance of each other, the city center has an effective streetcar network.

Will I see the Northern Lights in Finland?
If you want to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), it's best to travel to Lapland, where the lights are brighter. The Lights are not connected to temperature or weather, but your chances of spotting them are much better in winter, due to the long, dark nights, and they are especially active in March and September. The auroras follow the 11-year sunspot cycle, and are the most active around the cycle's peak. The last peak was in 2014, and the next is is 2025, so the lights are currently becoming stronger and more frequent, and will peak from 2023 to 2027. As the result of solar weather, the Lights are hard to predict, but various organizations track the solar wind to make predictions, which you can view in several places, such as here.
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