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Finland Travel Guide

The land of a thousand lakes, three million saunas and, in some areas, more reindeer than people is worth a visit whether you're meeting Santa Claus or exploring Helsinki. Here's everything you need to know about your trip to Finland.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Finland

Practical information

Facts about Finland

Getting to Finland

Getting around Finland

Top things to do in Finland

  • Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off bus tour and sightseeing cruise

    Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off bus tour and sightseeing cruise

    Learn more about Helsinki on this hop-on hop-off bus tour and enjoy a sightseeing cruise of the city.

  • Night barbecue in Lapland outdoors

    Night barbecue in Lapland outdoors

    Enjoy a traditional Lappish barbecue under the starry night and, if you're lucky, you might see the Northern Lights.

  • 1.5-hour husky sled ride in Rovaniemi

    1.5-hour husky sled ride in Rovaniemi

    Enjoy a 5km husky sled ride through the snowy Lappish forest.

  • Head on a snowshoe adventure in the wilderness

    Snowshoe adventure in the wilderness

    Try snowshoeing in Lapland, admire the untouched Finnish nature and enjoy some tasty snacks prepared on a campfire.

What time zone is Finland in?

GMT +2

What currency do they use in Finland?

Euro (EUR)

What languages do they speak in Finland?

Finnish, Swedish

What power adaptors do you need for Finland?

Type C and F

What is the average flight time to Finland?

2hr 50

Some facts about Finland

People often call Finland the land of a thousand lakes, but that doesn't really do it justice. There are over 180,000 of them, which look just as beautiful surrounded by green forest in the summer as they do frozen over in the Lappish winter.

Speaking of Lapland, it's the 'official' home of Santa Claus himself, who you can meet at Santa Claus Village in the Lappish capital Rovaniemi. There are more reindeer than people in Finnish Lapland, so yes you'll feel very Christmassy if you visit in December. We headed there recently if you wanted a few tips and tricks on things to do while you're there.

Wherever you decide to visit in this wonderful country, you'll never be far from a sauna. There are over three million of them in Finland, after all. Saunas are an integral part of Finnish culture, and it's common for hardy locals to go from the intense heat of the sauna to diving into frozen lakes and rolling in the snow. Whether you choose to take the plunge or not, a stress-relieving sauna session is a must.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Around two thirds of the Finnish population are Christian – the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is the largest religion.


A tip is always appreciated but not expected – a service charge is usually added to the bill at restaurants.


Smoking is banned in most enclosed public places including bars, restaurants and public transport. Finland plans to ban tobacco completely by 2030.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

In an emergency, call 112.

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    Finland Car Hire

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    Travel Insurance for Finland

    You'll want a reliable travel insurance policy for your trip to Finland.

Getting to Finland

The quickest way to get to Finland from the UK is to fly. Flights from London to Helsinki take around 2 hours 50 minutes, and it's 3 hours 20 minutes for Rovaniemi.

You'll love cruising there too. There are cruise ports all over the country, including Helsinki, and you'll get the chance to see other Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden along the way.

Getting around Finland

Hiring a car is a great option in Finland. If you're driving in forested areas keep an eye out for elk and reindeer as they're often found crossing the road. Heading there in the winter? Take a look at our winter holiday tips that cover everything from what to pack to driving in the snow.

Finland's rail network is excellent too. Carriages are spacious and comfortable, and sleeper trains are available if you're travelling a long way. The route from Helsinki to Rovaniemi is particularly beautiful, taking you from the lively Finnish capital all the way to the home of Santa Claus in Lapland.

Most large towns and cities have efficient bus networks, and Helsinki has a metro, trams, trains and ferries that'll get you where you need to go.

The Good Trip Index

Finland ranks 6th on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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