Background on Finland
Finland is a northern European nation that makes up 334,424km² of Europe. Its neighboring countries are Sweden, Norway, and Russia, and is considered as the eighth biggest country in the continent of Europe. It’s a country that has thousands of lakes and it has many more forests and waters compared to other countries in Europe.
Many tourists have a shared opinion of Finland being the best place to travel to in winter and might be one of the best places for skiing. Travelers visit the country to spot the Northern Lights since they are truly visible in the northernmost part of the country, which is called Lapland.
The Finnish culture is a mixture of influences from neighboring countries and tourists can see it when they visit their festivals and other celebrations.
What is Finland Popular for?
Finland is notorious for their superb winter activities and it’s the ideal place for watching the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. This country is also known for having a lot of saunas that are probably too many. It’s a running joke between the locals that there are probably enough saunas that each person in the country can stay in one. Finland has thousands of lakes and hundreds of lakeside cottages so tourists are able to relax and appreciate the fresh air Finland offers.
When is the Best Time to Visit? A Breakdown of Finland by Seasons
Winter in Finland is between the months of December and March and is the best time to gaze at the breathtaking Northern Lights. This is the most looked forward to the season for many tourists that want to experience activities that the country offers. Snowboarding and skiing are probably the most popular activities there.
For the full skiing package, Wild Hikes Finland offers “The Arctic Experience” which includes a remote guided one-week hut-to-hut skiing tour in the arctic fells located inside the Käsivarsi wilderness area in northern Finland. This grand experience also has some luxuries such as sleeping every night inside a hut and following well-marked trails.
You will be treated with the Scandinavian fells at their peak, spend most of your time above the treeline, enjoy delicious meals in the wilderness and visit the highest point of Finland in more than 1300 meters in 69°N!
Spring in Finland is during the months of April and May. This season gives a bit of a warmer temperature to the locals, but it also depends on which parts of the country these people are staying in.
In the northern part, they are still able to do some of the winter activities previously mentioned, whilst in the southern part, the temperature gets higher and higher. One of the great activities to do this time is bird watching since many birds are migrating back to the north during this season.
Summer lasts from June to August in Finland. Since the cold weather in this country is quite long, locals enjoy summer by going outside and basking in the sunlight. Visitors who come to Finland are able to explore the multiple tourist sites in the country while enjoying the heat from the sun. This is the best season to go swimming in and try out the cottage life in Finland. Stay near freshwater lakes and beaches that the country has to offer.
If you are interested in renting a cottage for your holiday, Finland Cottage Rentals offer handpicked cottages and log cabins in Finland and Finnish Lapland. You are able to book a cottage safely from a trusted booking agent and relish a carefree holiday.
Rent a holiday cottage: https://finlandcottagerentals.com/
Autumn is during the months of September to November, and it’s when the people in Finland are able to see color explosions in the forest landscapes of the country. This season is truly ideal for cycling and hiking since you can admire the gorgeous explosions of colors and maybe take some Instagram-worthy pictures.
Ways to Travel to Finland
Traveling by plane
The main entry point in Finland is the Helsinki to Vantaa international airport. Visitors are able to purchase affordable flight tickets from a few websites where they advised to book in advance for confirmed availability. Traveling from the US to Finland takes approximately 11.5 hours. Tourists are encouraged to read up on how to “survive” a long flight to lessen the fatigue and achieve the maximum comfort you are able to.
How to get cheap flight tickets: https://www.prettywildworld.com/find-cheap-flights-everywhere-using-skyscanner/
Traveling by rail
Using the rail to go to Finland is a very convenient way of traveling. The trains that are headed towards the country are well kept and comfortable. Some trains provide mini carriages made specifically for children to play in to lessen fatigue. Travelers are able to take a journey from Russia to Helsinki through St. Petersburg. This might be an expensive way of going to Finland but the first train in the morning offers cheaper prices compared to the rest of the day.
Traveling by boat or ferries
Traveling by ferries is one of the better ways to go to Finland. This way, you can have a really nice view of the landscapes of the country since Finland is surrounded by amazing lakes. Traveling by sea is cheaper than traveling by rail in some cases. It’s super easy to get to Helsinki from Tallinn and Stockholm by cruise ships – so be sure to check those ports if you’re planning on traveling around Northern Europe.
Where to Stay in Finland?
Hotels in the province would probably cost around US$80 to US$140 per person per night while hotels in the city would range around US$100 and above.
Hotel: Omena Hotel Helsinki Lönnrotinkatu
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Hotel: Kultahippu Hotel & Apartments
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Hotel: Aurora Village Ivalo
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Must Try Food in Finland
Finnish cuisine is as simple as food can get but as they always say, the simple things in life are always best. You’ll see many seasonal dishes in many Finnish restaurants as they often find the best ingredients to serve their customers, hence expect a lot of fresh produce in summer, wholesome dishes in autumn, preserves in winter and vibrant ingredients in spring. Here are a few of the many foods you should try when you head to Finland.
Mustikkapiirakka or Blueberry Pie
A scrumptious pie that any visitors will fall in love with. Locals are known to use fresh ingredients so these pies are exclusively served in the summer months.
Perunarieska or Potato Flatbread
Bread that the main ingredient is mashed potatoes. It’s often eaten with butter on top.
Leipäjuusto or Bread Cheese
One of the most well known Finnish cheeses which are served with cloudberry jam or any other fresh jams. Made usually with cow’s milk but also made with goat’s milk.
Karjalanpiirakka or Rice Pies
Pies that are filled with potatoes, rice and often times carrots.
Kalakukko or Fish Pie
Bread that is filled with muikku, which is a small herring fish. The meal is already considered a whole meal because it has most of the nutrients you need in helping.
Kaalikäärlyleet or Cabbage Rolls
Beef, lamb or pork that’s wrapped with cabbage and seasoned with several spices. Not only popular in Finland but also well known in other European countries.
If you’re not residing in Finland and planning to visit for an amazing experience, it’s highly suggested to get roaming data. It’s important to constantly be connected to the internet to locate these places with your GPS and also for your tour info.
The average local SIM card available to roam throughout South Africa is priced at US$27.36 (sourced from Elisa and DNA). To get your money’s worth, it’s better to opt for Flexiroam Finland Local Data Plan, which only costs $11.70.
HOW TO GET THE FLEXIROAM Finland LOCAL DATA PLAN?
Here are a few steps you should follow.
Step One: Get your microchip or starter pack from our Online Shop.
Step Two: Download our Flexiroam X App from Google Play Store or from the iOS App Store. Without the Flexiroam X App, you will NOT be able to activate and use the microchip. The app is free for you to download.
Step Three: Follow your activation guidelines and start roaming.
Step Four: Buy Xtra Data from the App with these steps.
(i) Click ‘Get Xtra Data‘ on the App’s home page.
(ii) At the top of the ‘Get Xtra Data‘ page, click ‘Local Data‘ (next to the ‘Global Data’ tab).
(iii) Search for the local data plan of your choice in the search box (insert full name of your intended destination with the right spelling). Type South Africa in the search bar and it will come out. Select.
(iv) In the local data plan page, set your arrival date, then choose the data size you want and complete your purchase.
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