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You’ll find thousands of reasons to fall in love with Finland – whether it’s the people, the stunning arctic landscape or the eye-catching architecture.

No Finnish holiday would be complete without experiencing the sauna!

Discover the best holiday options in Finland with these recommended adventures

Take a look at the incredible holiday offerings below from some of the best Scandinavia travel experts that showcase the best trips you can enjoy in Finland.

3-Night Helsinki

City Break
With an array of contemporary art galleries, fascinating museums and striking architecture, there is plenty to explore in this compact city. Set on the waterfront, enjoy picturesque views and a spectacular skyline.

Why we love this trip…
Explore the Suomenlinna island sea fortress
Discover the incredible architecture of Senate Square
Enjoy a trip to Kiasma Modern Art Gallery
Stroll through the serene Sibelius Park
Eat at one of Helsinki’s classic grill kiosks
Browse the vintage stores

** 4.79/5 Trailfinders Brand Rating **

From £281pp
Guide price includes 3*+ accommodation, private return airport to hotel transfers and ATOL protection

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5-Day Glass Igloos & Northern Lights

Tailor-made Winter Holiday
This short break to Finnish Lapland starts in typical Scandinavian style with an overnight stay at Levin Iglut, a collection of glass igloos surrounded by stunning Arctic scenery before head for the cosy comforts of Hotel Ylläshumina for three days of winter activities.

Why we love this holiday…
Explore Lapland’s stunning snowbound landscapes
See the Northern Lights
Enjoy the hotel’s sauna and outdoor hot tub
Opt for a cool excursion including snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling
Learn new skills at the wilderness cooking school

** Enjoy a night under glass at Levin Iglut **

From £1,300pp
Price includes 1 night accommodation at Levin Iglut, 3 nights at Hotel Ylläshumina, 4 dinners and a breakfast, transfers and ABTA protection

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5-Day Wild Brown Bear Adventure

Short Break
From magnificent wild brown bears to elusive wolverine and sleek lynx, a trip to Kuhmo in Finland’s remote eastern wilderness feel like stepping straight into a nature documentary.

Why we love this holiday…
Witness brown bears in their natural habitat
Explore the ancient taiga forests
Spend a night in a specially designed hide
Watch out for wolves, wolverine and reindeer
Fantastic photography opportunities
Days stretch from twelve to sixteen hours

** Incredible wildlife photography adventure **

From £839pp
Price includes Hotel Kalevala accommodation on a half board basis, overnight in bear hide, Petola Nature Centre visit, transfers and ABTA protection

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10-Day Land of 1,000 Lakes

Fly Drive
Head out to Finland’s pristine wilderness on this summer fly-drive that combines the beauty of three regions of Finland’s vast Lakeland area: Lahti, Jyväskylä and Tampere.

Why we love this trip…
Take a guided boat trip to Kelvenne Island
Head the top of Lahti Ski Jump tower for amazing views
Drive the most scenic roads in Finland from Lehmonkärki to Varjola
Stay in a cosy log cabin with private sauna
Opt to hike forests or go quad biking

** 4.7/5 Trustpilot Brand Rating **

From £1,945pp
Price includes 9 nights log cabin, guesthouse and hotel accommodation, breakfast, return flights, car hire (VW Golf or similar), Kelvenne Island boat trip

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6-Day Finland Houseboat Adventure

Independent Short Break
Discover peace and tranquillity while gently cruising in your very own summer house on water, with many wonderful villages, beaches and places of interest to visit along the way.

Why we love this holiday…
Navigate lakes and canals
Freedom to choose your own route
Why not go for a swim, fish or hire a bike
Enjoy an evening barbeque
Several houseboat options available

** A unique choice of holiday  **

From £839pp
Price includes two nights in Helsinki, houseboat rental and linen, return rail journey between Helsinki and Jyvaskyla and ABTA protection

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8-Day Culinary Finnish Lakeland

Group Foodie Holiday
Learn how to bake Finland’s famed rye bread, treat yourself to a post-sauna smoked salmon and perhaps try the recipe for the Karelian pies back home on this foodie adventure.

Why we love this trip…
Experience the joys of Finnish cuisine
Learn how to make some delightful dishes
Various cooking hosts sharing their methods
Bake cakes, pies, pastries, breads and more
Relax of an evening in your private sauna

** 4.9/5 Trustpilot Brand Rating **

From £1,310pp
Price includes 7 nights accommodation on a full board basis, return airport to hotel transfers, cuisine workshops, sauna each evening, guide and cycles between guesthouses

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Finland’s Regions

Finland’s four regions and distinct seasons offer seemingly endless things to do and see.

Smoke reindeer dish - Visit Finland/Marko Vasara

Lapland

Lapland is the northern-most region of Finland and an active outdoor destination that’s known for its incredible, year-round light phenomena, vast arctic nature, and Santa Claus. The land of the indigenous Sámi people, known as Sámi homeland or Sápmi, also crosses the northern part of the region. Explore Finnish Lapland, Europe’s last great wilderness!

Read: Taste the eight seasons of Lapland

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Traditional lakeside holiday cottage in Uurainen - Visit Finland/Jaakko Tahti

Lakeland

Lakeland is where Finns come to recharge and reconnect with nature. The region offers things to do all year round, from cruises to fishing, paddle boarding, ice swimming and skating. And where there’s a lake, there’s sure to be a cottage. Find one and experience the Finnish way to kick back and relax. After all, as Europe’s largest lake district, Lakeland offers plenty of space for all and a special spot just for you.

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Porvoo in the summer - Visit Finland/Julia Kivelä

Coast and Archipelago

From lively coastal cities to secluded lighthouses, historic manors and national parks, Finland’s coast has it all. With more than 50,000 beautiful islands scattered across the sea, this is the world’s largest archipelago, and there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered. We’ve found a rather delightful island-hopping self-drive experience to help you plan a trip.

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Example of the radical architecture of Helsinki - Visit Finland/Tuomas Uusiheimo

Helsinki

The Helsinki region includes the capital city and its metropolitan area, as well as some further-flung towns and cities. Here, nature trails and city life are both never more than a stone’s throw away, and the area is overflowing with good food, great design, interesting museums and unique architecture. Visit Helsinki and discover why it’s said to be one of the world’s most liveable cities!

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Let us inspire you…

From relaxing in nature to celebrating in the city, there are plenty of things to do in Europe’s north.

Snowland Ice Restaurant in Rovaniemi, Lapland - Visit Finland

Northern Lights

Northern Lights are most visible from the end of August to April in northern Finland. Auroras, caused by solar winds, occur year-round but the nights need to be dark enough for us to be able to catch a glimpse of this phenomenal light show. That is why autumn, winter, and spring are the best times to see the Northern Lights.

Read: The best times to see the Northern Lights

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Enjoying a sauna experience - Visit Finland/Harri Tarvainen

Saunas

With an estimated three million saunas in Finland, it’s practically an impossible task to spotlight just five. Here’s a sampling of sauna experiences in different parts of the country – consider it an amuse-bouche for more in-depth explorations.

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Runebergs tart - Visit Finland/Visit Porvoo

Food Culture

Finns are known as leaders of research and innovation. But when it comes to food, they tend to favour tradition. These days, you can buy just about anything your heart desires in Finland. But go local while you’re here, and you’ll be in for a treat!

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Nature & Outdoors

Finland’s vast green forests, beautiful Baltic islands, windswept arctic fells, and countless blue lakes are home to some amazing wildlife and animal watching. These pristine and picturesque landscapes provide habitats for many wild animals and birds, including bears, wolves, lynxes, eagles, cranes, swans and the world’s rarest seal.

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Visiting Finland Throughout the Year…

  • Finland is a year-round destination
  • Winters are great for outdoor activities like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, skating and ice-swimming
  • Spring and autumn are the best seasons to see the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
  • Late summer and autumn are ideal for foraging and enjoying colourful autumn foliage
  • The spring months (until early May) offer the best skiing in Lapland – in the south, the snow will be gone by then
  • The summer months across Finland are known for their white nights, and in Lapland, as a time when the sun never sets
  • Big cities have interesting things to see and do all year, and across Finland, it’s always sauna season

Read: Things to do by season

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