Finland is the country of arctic adventures, stunning natural phenomena, and breathtaking landscapes. It is the land of a thousand lakes and the place to go if you want to explore Santa’s hometown of Rovaniemi. And let’s not forget the city of Helsinki with its stunning architecture and turbulent history.
In June and July, you can see the midnight sun and if you explore the country in autumn and spring you can see the Northern Lights. In Finnish Lapland it can be seen around 200 days a year, so your chances during those months are good.
Outdoor lovers more than get their taste of adventure while going for a snowmobile ride, snowshoeing, skiing or dog sledding through the snowy landscapes. Just ensure, that you choose an ethical operator that takes care of the dogs.
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Places to see in Finland
Things to know before you visit Finland
the best time to visit Finland
While every month offers has an amazing appeal, the best time to visit Finland depends on where you plan to go and what you want to do while there. While Helsinki is a great destination year-round, most tend to avoid everything above the Arctic Circle in the winter months. After all the temperatures can plummet to -30 °C (-22 °F).
The summer months are best for outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. However Lapland tends to be swarmed by mosquitos in July, so bring natural mosquito repellants. Additionally, July tends to be the most expensive month as it is the Finnish summer holiday, so you should avoid it if your schedule allows it.
If you want to see the Midnight Sun you should visit the country in June or July or from May to August if you plan to explore the northern parts of the country. Meanwhile, the Aurora Borealis, generally known as the Northern Lights, can be seen from September to March.
In autumn the trees change colors and give nature a stunning new dress, but keep in mind that some places are already closed in September and October.
The best time to visit Finland for skiing and other snow-related activities is from December to April.