Finland Travel Guide

Finland Travel Guide

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

  • Helsinki
  • Suomenlinna
  • Finnish Lapland

Things to know before you visit Finland

Language:

The official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. Almost all younger Finns are able to speak English, so you won’t encounter any issues. Especially as the majority of older Finns are able to speak English as well.

Currency

The currency used in Finland is the euro.

As of May 2021, the exchange rate for the euro is as follows: 1 euro equals 1.20 USD, 1.56 AUD or 0.87 GBP.

Credit Cards & ATMs

Finland is moving towards a cashless society, so MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. Even markets tend to favor card payments. Additionally, ApplePay is becoming more popular. AMEX is accepted in some places. Keep in mind that the limit for a single withdrawal is 1000 euro.

If you want to withdraw money, you can do so at one of the ATMs of OTTO or NOSTO. If you search the names of the two ATM brands in Google Maps, you can easily find the closest one.

Plugs

The plugs in Finland are type C and type F. The voltage is 230V while the frequency is 50Hz.

Visa

Whether or not you need a visa to enter the country and how you can get one depends on a lot of factors. Citizens of EU countries, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein do not require a visa if they spend less than 90 days in Finland.

You can check if you need a visa or if you need a visa to explore Finland on the website of the Finnish Foreign Ministry.

Safety

Finland is a very safe country with a low crime rate. There are some instances of pickpocketing, but it is less common than in other European countries. Additionally there are some instances of credit card skimming so check for suspicious attachments at ATMs. Take the usual precautions while exploring the country and you are bound to have a great and safe time.

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.

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