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.
Experience Helsinki and Finnish Lakeland through a road trip you will never forget.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a relaxed weekend filled with tasty food, shopping opportunities and great fun, then you should try Helsinki.
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.
Interior design shops, fashion boutiques, jewellers, antique shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, hotels, design agencies - everything can be found in the Helsinki Design District.
Lapland is the perfect place to rest and relax, and the further up north you go, the better you understand the uniqueness of Lapland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sulo "The Bearman" Karjalainen is at home amongst bears and other predators, having nursed them since they were babies.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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