Welcome to the Official Travel Site of Finland
Twenty years ago, Akira Omori packed his backpack and went on the road. The young man couldn’t have then imagined that he would leave Tokyo behind for good.
Take a look at the geographical shape of Finland and you’ll see why people call her “The Finnish Maiden”. At the tip of her thumb is the only part of the country where peaks rise 1,000 metres above sea level. Nestled in those peaks you will find a tiny village called Kilpisjärvi, home to roughly a hundred year-round residents. One of them is 25-year-old snowmobile guide Jussi Rauhala.
Finland may be a long way from Hawaii but the surf's up in this Nordic country.
Finns are passionate about their food and they know how to celebrate it. Finns are also fiercely loyal to their culinary roots. Although you can buy just about anything your heart desires in Finland these days, go native when you are here and you will be in for a treat.
Experience Helsinki and Finnish Lakeland through a road trip you will never forget.
The cottage is an institution in Finland. In the holiday seasons, Finns flock to the countryside for quietness and relaxation at cosy hideouts.
The Lappish rock band Somby are on a mission to bring modern Sámi culture to the wider world - watch out!
The work of Finnish designers and architects is world famous - one up-and-coming talent is Elina Aalto, a designer, interior architect and mother of three from Helsinki.
If the Finnish archipelago and long Baltic coast make you think about beautiful summer days filled with sailing and boating, you are definitely on the right track. But the Finnish coast invites you for many great experiences throughout the year.
Finnish national parks are protected areas with unique natural features. Accessing them is encouraged, and they present a number of recreational possibilities.
If Finland is one of the world's best kept secrets then Gunnarsstrand is a secret within a secret. Meet Pelle, the beachcomber artist who has lived there all his life.
You might be wondering, and we're here to help.
Finnish people are warm, open and sincere, even though they might tell you the exact opposite.
If you are looking for a relaxed weekend filled with tasty food, shopping opportunities and great fun, then you should try Helsinki.
With the midnight sun anything you can do during the day, you’ll be able to do at night – with a special edge, mind you.
A Finnish nature photographer listed the most impressive Finnish landscapes.
Finland is the land of the Midnight Sun. Over two thirds of the world’s people who experience this phenomenon live in Finland.
Midsummer is a main national holiday in Finland, and is spent either relaxing or celebrating.
If you want to understand Finland and its people, getting familiar with sauna is a good starting point.
Art Nouveau sights in Helsinki you should not miss.
Conveniently-sized Helsinki has a ton of bars and clubs within walking distance from another. Pick your favourites and plan your preferred bar crawl around the Finnish capital.
In Finland, you can find some of the world’s last wilderness regions, where you can experience the untouched nature with its rare wild animals.
Finland hosts an unbelievable number of music festivals every summer. Pick your favourite, book your ticket and get prepared to celebrate long into the white night.
The Restaurant Day is a global phenomenon that sprouted from Finland about two years ago and keeps growing with more and more "street restaurants" taking part. Will you find the funniest instant restaurant of the day?
Interior design shops, fashion boutiques, jewellers, antique shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, hotels, design agencies - everything can be found in the Helsinki Design District.
Glass design has a long history in Finnish culture - take a trip on the glass trail and immerse yourself in innovative art, and a little retail therapy.
Finns are a peculiar people with a great sense of humour. Just have a look at the silly events they organize and compete in.
Yes, it gets cold in Finland in the winter. But that's no reason to stay indoors - just gear up right and make the most of the fresh white season.
Take a closer peek and you’ll discover an interesting school of artists swimming up the mainstream.
Lapland is the perfect place to rest and relax, and the further up north you go, the better you understand the uniqueness of Lapland.
Cross-country skiing is somewhat of a national sport in Finland. It is extremely good for the body and mind, with beautiful winter scenery serving as an inspiring backdrop.
It may be hard to believe but ice swimming is healthy! It is said to improve one's immune system, reduce stress and relieve inconveniences such as rheumatism.
Finnish design isn't just something you see -- it's something you experience. It is a way of living like nowhere else.
Cultural festivals of every kind are the perfect creative supplement to Finland’s prime asset - its expansive, unspoiled natural environment.
Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights - they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.
In Finland, nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites.
For many, elaborate structures carved out of ice and snow are the stuff of fairy tales and fantasy. In wintertime Finland, fantasy becomes reality.
Christmas is a time for families to make new memories together, yet it is usually over in the blink of an eye. This is where Finland steps in.
The land of 3 million saunas is upgrading and re-inventing their centuries-old tradition attracting the curiosity of many sauna aficionados. In some cases, quite exceptional saunas can be visited just within city limits.
A cruise on Arctic Icebreaker Sampo leaves even the most seasoned seafarers awestruck.
Many are familiar with Marimekko and Ivana Helsinki, but what characterizes Finland’s newer, independent fashion scene?
When Finland’s waters freeze over, tour skaters grab their blades and head out to the open.
The Sámi area of Northern Lapland offers year round unlimited outdoor and indoor activities, and most of all close contact with the unique culture of the Sámi - the only indigenous people of the European Union.
Everyone knows the one and only Santa comes from Finland. A busy man, his office is open all year round - not just during Christmastime.
Autumn leaf colour, “ruska”, is a spectacular natural phenomenon in Finland.
The forested landscape is dotted with patches of water so numerous they have earned Finland the nickname “the land of the thousand lakes”.
Tinja Myllykangas is a young woman who traded city life to a wilderness hut in Lapland. She now runs a sled dog safari business and shares a deep bond with the wild.
Finnish designer Paola Suhonen's brand IvanaHelsinki is best known for the patterns and streetwise themes of her clothing.
Finland is a large and sparsely populated country, but getting from point A to B is no hassle. Transport networks by air, rail, road and water are comprehensive and reliable.
Before the age of the car, the waterways were the highways of the Lakeland. Still today, the best way to enjoy and explore these parts of Finland is from a boat.
Taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity.
Finnish Lapland - its barren, beautiful natural landscape has an irresistible charm.
Only an hour away from Helsinki downtown, Nuuksio National Park offers tranquility and lets one find his inner calm.
How often do you fall asleep to the sound of silence? Heat up the lakeside sauna in the summer or get cosy in front of the fireplace in the winter, rest and revitalisation are guaranteed.
Formerly a working-class neighbourhood, the laid-back and spirited area of Kallio has a noteworthy array of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bars and more.
In an exclusive interview, the one and only Santa Claus reveals why, for him, Finnish Lapland is and will always be the best place to live.
When discussing Finnish architecture, most people think of Alvar Aalto’s modernist creations. Yet the wealth of Art Nouveau buildings around the country and its capital is just as remarkable.
Finland's second oldest town, full of history and famous for its lovely restaurants and cafes.
Spend the night in a lighthouse to discover genuine peace of mind.
In Porvoo and Fiskars you have an opportunity to experience B&B in rustic romantic style.
Timeless summer memories from photographer Martti Jämsä´s summer house.
The autonomous Finnish province of Åland is located in the Baltic Sea between mainland Finland and Sweden.
Moomin is probably the most known and adored Finnish icon, if not before, then right after Santa Claus.
Sulo "The Bearman" Karjalainen is at home amongst bears and other predators, having nursed them since they were babies.
Head out to a countryside manor for a romantic break and a whiff of times past.
Finland’s Baltic coast with its tens of thousands of islands is a perfect travel destination for anyone looking for a sailing experience with a difference.
Helsinki is a buzzy foodie city in the cutting-edge of Finnish new cuisine. The innovative use of Finnish ingredients as part of the New Nordic tasting menu and a laid-back atmosphere is what Helsinki’s bistros are all about.
Yyteri - have a go at the many activities or simply relax and enjoy the long, shallow beach.
Take a weekend trip from west to east with plenty of family tourist destinations along the way.
Finnish berries and fruits are packed with sweet flavors and healthy vitamins and flavonoids.
Bengtskär is the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries. Paula Wilson, the lighthouse keeper there, explains the magic of the historical building and its surroundings.
Shaped by the Ice Age, the Turku archipelago consists of over 20,000 islands and islets.
Finland’s largest lake and the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe - perfect for paddling for a day or two.
Unlike reindeer, moose are truly wild animals and avoid contact with humans as much as possible. For a sure sighting of this majestic animal head to the wildlife parks and zoos around the country.
Kuopio - home to the world's biggest smoke sauna and some magnificent Lakeland views.
During just one walking tour, one can visit several different galleries and get a good sense of Finnish contemporary art and the local art scene.
The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Taking advantage of the magical midnight sun, each year tens of thousands of people join some of the world’s largest, oldest and most well-known running and rowing events in Finland.
A mesmerizing summer vision made by one of the most acclaimed photographers in Finland.
The round fells of Finland’s main ski area, Lapland, offer varying terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
A 16-hour-drive from tip to tip, 10 official tourist routes, varying landscapes and white nights. Every car tour of Finland is a unique, self-made adventure.
Deep into Lapland, there is a place where top Finnish design can be seen right at the source of this inspiration: Design House Idoli is an extraordinary design studio and showcase. Its creator, Pekka Sillfors explains why.
Finland’s lake district is a dream destination for sailors. Ari Juva has been sailing his own steamboat on Lake Saimaa for decades.
Activities in wintery Helsinki: top things to do in the snowy capital.
Suomenlinna fortress island is one of Finland's most popular sights, only a short ferry crossing away from Helsinki.
A near-supernatural experience that never leaves you.
Conveniently accessible by a ferry, and the 20-minute ride gives one an immediate taste of the relaxed pace of life on the island.
Fall in love with the winter wilderness and it could completely change your life. Pasi Ikonen is a prime example of what the pull of Lapland can do. A nine-to-five working week in central London was left far behind when...
Snowmobiling is sort of like riding a motorcycle on snow, and many would argue a lot more fun.
Christmas lights, St Thomas’ market and warm drinks exude cheering warmth in the perfect Christmas city Helsinki.
The reindeer is an icon of Finnish Lapland, and sleigh rides are a great way of experiencing the Arctic wilderness.
Snowshoeing is a great way to experience Finland’s wintry wildernesses.
Finland holds seven amazing Unesco World Heritage sites.
In Finnish folklore, an element of mystery is associated with Lapland, the country’s northernmost province.
They’re cute and they’re fast; a husky tour is an exquisite way to see the Arctic wilderness in Finland.
Local cucumbers or sweet tomatoes? It is easy to find good organic food in Helsinki.
Nature is never far in Finland. Visitors can get a feel of real countryside in Helsinki, too, by heading to Viikki nature trails or visiting friendly cows.
Tuomas Holopainen, the band leader of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, thinks Finland is the best place on Earth. Taking time off his busy rock star life, Tuomas escapes on the hiking trails of Lapland or small hideaways around the capital.
Every year in August, the streets of Helsinki are filled with art enthusiasts, performance lovers and the culturally curious as the annual Night of the Arts begins. This integral and intriguing part of the Helsinki Festival, the largest arts festival...
Besides the historic town of Porvoo, the area is also home to some of the most beautiful manor houses and ironworks in Finland.
How about hiking in summer, cross-country skiing in winter, gathering berries and mushrooms or simply going for a walk in the woods?
What exactly do you do in a Finnish sauna and what not?
In the company of a Wilderness Guide, you can safely meet a brown bear, Europe’s largest omnivore. It is a meeting that you will never forget.
Capital rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active.
In the summer the city overflows with events and festivals: tango, middle age, music, theatre, art, design and much more.
Tampere has the small town feel: the city centre is compact in size, and has a friendly atmosphere.
If Helsinki is sassy and modern, Turku is more folklore and retro offering small but most interesting labels.
Inspirational return to an industrial era - only an hour’s drive away from Helsinki.
Kick back and taste the freshness of the North.
One of the best-kept secrets for perfect cycling conditions in Finland.
The fast rate of uplift in a group of islands in western Finland has earned them UNESCO World Nature Heritage recognition.
Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, is home to an eclectic – and unusual – array of museums.
One-tenth of Finland is covered in bodies of water that are brimming with fish, luring both local and foreign fishing enthusiasts to grab their nets and rods.
Whether you are shopping or just exploring, the Finnish capital is a city with serious style credentials.
Helsinki offers dozens of edgy, outstanding gastro-conscious restaurants that serve both exciting fusion food and back-to-basics Nordic dishes.
Finland’s largest lake network surrounds you almost wherever you go and there is no shortage of places to stop off for a break.
In Finland, that magical Christmas experience is not just something you see on television.
Winters in Finland are cold, but all you need to do is dress right and enjoy the opportunities the season provides.
Get around by bicycle - bridges and small ferries take you from one island to the next. Choose from campgrounds, cottages, bed & breakfasts and rooms in private homes where to stay.
Here, traffic jams are unknown – enjoy an uncrowded holiday.
Whether sightseeing, relaxing, or getting active is your thing, Åland is definitely worth a visit. Everything happens by the sea, naturally.
Known for its long tradition in bobbin lace-making and the well-preserved wooden buildings of Old Rauma.
Plenty of gradients and the terrain varies from bare rock and undulating sandy ground to ancient spruce forests with tree roots and gravel ridges – perfect for taking it to the max.
A fresh and delicious taste of the Archipelago.
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