Finland Travel Guide

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The long, dark Finnish winters will send all but the hardiest travelers scurrying for their log cabin to sup on a hip flask of vodka. In the summer, however, the land of the midnight sun comes alive. There are around 70 nights when the sun never sets, and you can spend your days exploring villages of quaint little cottages, wandering with reindeer or sitting naked in an overheated sauna and flogging yourself with a birch leaf.

Capital Helsinki is a southern harbor city, clad with impressive Art Noveau architecture and a spacious, sea-focused elegance. Lively summer nights bring with them evenings by smoky wood fires, salmon cooked over them and salmiakkikossu – a lethal, liquorice-infused brand of vodka. Take a boat offshore to dine at the picturesque island restaurant, or catch a glimpse at old-style Finland by winding down to Porvoo on the chugging steam trains.

If it’s snowy wilds you’re after, head for AKK National Park, where you can explore the wildernesses of Lapland on a sled pulled by dogs, heading into the heart of one of Europe’s most desolate areas. Climb to Kilpisjarvi, where Finland meets Norway and Sweden, or head east and discover Isomantsi, where indigenous Karelians live amongst ostensibly endless wilds. The areas near Kuusamo are an exceptional place to eye the haunting lights of the Aurora Borealis, the world’s natural northern light show.

Aland touts itself as a ‘cyclists' paradise’. Scenic, Swedish speaking, semi-independent and notoriously flat, this area is little-known outside of it’s near neighborhood, but impresses with it’s own cultures and dazzling rural scenes. Winter adventurers might prefer to avail themselves of Finland’s impressive cross-country ski culture, or build up some speed on a high-powered snowmobile.

Finland’s not all about wild, snowy experiences, though you’ll find plenty of those. Friendly natives, sweaty saunas that make you feel like an emperor (including the world’s largest at Kuopio) and the classy urban culture of Helsinki are impressive draws in their own right. Time your trip well, and you might even spot Santa and his (commercialized) little Elves hanging with the reindeer in Lapland.

Helsinki #1 most popular location
Surrounded by freezing waters spattered with picturesque islands and islets, Finnish capital Helsinki is an ever more fashionable European destination. Wonder the sparkling streets and you’…
785travelers 138reviews 83blogs
Tampere #2 most popular location
Tampere in finnish, Tammerfors in swedish, this is the third city largest city in Finland with more than 200.000 inhabitants in the area. Tampere is in the south of Finland, just 160 kilo…
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Turku #3 most popular location
Turku (Åbo in Swedish) is one of Finland’s largest cities with approximately 175,000 residents. It is located in the Southwest corner of Finland. Formerly Finland's capital, Turku just c…
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Rovaniemi #4 most popular location
Rovaniemi is the administrative capital and the centre of commerce of Finland\'s northernmost Province, Lapland. It is situated close to the Arctic Circle and between the hills of Ounasvaara …
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Vantaa #5 most popular location
Vantaa is the fourth biggest city in Finland with a population of 200,000. Vantaa is located just next to Helsinki. Vantaa, Helsinki, Espoo and Kauniainen make up the Helsinki Metropolitan ar…
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Oulu #6 most popular location
Oulu is city in Finland with more than 100,000 people living there. The city is known with lively night time (particulary on weekends) and it is popular studing-city. Oulu has many sights …
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Savonlinna #7 most popular location
Savolinna is city in the middle of Saimaa lake region in Finland. City has over 26,000 inhabitants. Over third of the city's area is covered by water. Savonlinna is best known from Olavinlin…
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Jyvaskyla #8 most popular location
Jyväskylä is the biggest city of Central Finland with a population of 130,000. Jyväskylä is well known as the host city of Neste Oil Rally which is a part of the World Rally Championship.
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Rukatunturi #9 most popular location
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Espoo #10 most popular location
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Kuopio #11 most popular location
Kuopio is the 9th largest city in Finland with a population of 97,000 people. Kuopio is located in the region of Northern Savonia. Kuopio is the cultural center of Eastern Finland
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Saariselka #12 most popular location
Saariselkä is a village located in Northerd Finland. It is a popular tourist destination because of skiing and hiking possibilities.
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Levi #13 most popular location
Levi is the biggest Downhill Ski resort in Finland. It is very popular winter destination amongst Finnish people and also foreign travelers. There are many cottages for rent and also loads of…
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Ivalo #14 most popular location
Ivalo is a village in Inari Municipality, in Finland's Lapland Province, located on the Ivalo river 20 kilometres to the south of Lake Inari. It has a population of 4,000 and a small airport.…
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Lahti #15 most popular location
Lahti is the 8th biggest city in Finland with a population of 102,000. Lahti is well known of the winter sport events like skiing and ski jumping.
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Porvoo #16 most popular location
The small town of Porvoo is situated just 50 kilometers from Helsinki. It has been a popular tourist destination for many centuries, attracting people with its location and beauty. Already in…
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Mariehamn #17 most popular location
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland Islands, that is a autonomous monolingual (Swedish) region of Finland. The islands are only 38 kilometers far from the coast of Sweden. Mariehamn was founde…
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Lappeenranta #18 most popular location
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Naantali #19 most popular location
Naantali is located in the southwest of Finland and is one of the oldest towns in Finland. The town was built around the convent church, a popular attraction for tourists. Naantali has often …
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Kuusamo #20 most popular location
Kuusamo is a city of Finland. It is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 16,997 and covers an area of 5,804…
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Joensuu #21 most popular location
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Kotka #22 most popular location
Kotka is a harbour town, population almost 60 000.
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Suomenlinna #23 most popular location
Suomenlinna – Finland's Treasured Island Fortress These islands are located just outside the Finish capital of Helsinki and is very easily accessible. If you want a day off, in a very pe…
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Punkaharju #24 most popular location
Punkaharju is small municipality in Finland. It is placed on the lake region of Saimaa. Population is little over 4000. Punkaharju is next to Savonlinna and many people think that it is part…
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Kemi #25 most popular location
Kemi is city located in Lapland. Population of Kemi is 22,590 and by it's area it is smallest city in Lapland province (Finland). The city was found in 1869. Since it Kemi has been one of th…
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Inari #26 most popular location
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Sirkka #27 most popular location
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Ranua #28 most popular location
Ranua is municipality in Lapland. Area of municipality is 3,694.45 km². Although Ranua covers such big area, there is under 5000 inhabitants. Ranua has very beautiful nature and hunting i…
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Helsinki-Vantaa airport #29 most popular location
Helsinki-Vantaa airport is the biggest airport in Finland and it is the fourth biggest airport in the Nordic Countries with about 13 million passengers yearly. Helsinki-Vantaa airport has a f…
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Lapland #30 most popular location
Lapland is not a country in itself, but a region of northern Europe. It is mostly in the Arctic Circle, northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and some of Russia. Lapland is home only to about …
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Salla #31 most popular location
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Posio #32 most popular location
Posio is a municipality of Finland, situated in the southern Lapland. It is best known for its tourism and ceramics, and home of Pentik, famous international interior design retailer. There a…
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Kerimaki #33 most popular location
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Enontekio #34 most popular location
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Kakslauttanen #35 most popular location
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Kangasala #36 most popular location
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Kokar #37 most popular location
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Muonio #38 most popular location
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Pargas #39 most popular location
Pargas is a bilingual town in the South West of Finland. The population is slightly more than 15 500 people, with a majority of people speaking Swedish as their native language. Pargas is…
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Nellim #40 most popular location
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Kaarina #41 most popular location
Kaarina is a seaside town, neighbouring Turku in the South West of Finland. It has a growing population of more than 31 000. In Kaarina you can find some interesting attractions, such as t…
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Aland #42 most popular location
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Kökar #43 most popular location
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Autti #44 most popular location
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Kristiinankaupunki #45 most popular location
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Hanko #46 most popular location
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Ylläs #47 most popular location
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Oulanka #48 most popular location
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Karjaa #49 most popular location
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Lake Inari #50 most popular location
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