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.
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 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.
Finnish national parks are protected areas with unique natural features. Accessing them is encouraged, and they present a number of recreational possibilities.
If you are looking for a relaxed weekend filled with tasty food, shopping opportunities and great fun, then you should try Helsinki.
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.
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.
Take a closer peek and you’ll discover an interesting school of artists swimming up the mainstream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Timeless summer memories from photographer Martti Jämsä´s summer house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A near-supernatural experience that never leaves you.
Snowmobiling is sort of like riding a motorcycle on snow, and many would argue a lot more fun.
Finland holds seven amazing Unesco World Heritage sites.
They’re cute and they’re fast; a husky tour is an exquisite way to see the Arctic wilderness in Finland.
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?
If Helsinki is sassy and modern, Turku is more folklore and retro offering small but most interesting labels.
One of the best-kept secrets for perfect cycling conditions in Finland.
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.
Here, traffic jams are unknown – enjoy an uncrowded holiday.
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.
RETREAT TO A COTTAGE BY THE LAKE Escaping to the countryside or wilderness is a national way of relaxation. Half a million cottages ensure there’s a quiet retreat for every taste. DISCOVER THE ROOTS OF SAUNA Sauna is a place...
DIP IN A HOLE IN THE ICE Yes, it’s freezing outside and yes, the water is cold! Forget all excuses and just do it – the exhilarating feeling you get after an icy dip is worth that leap of faith....
DIG FINNISH DESIGN Linear functionality and simplistic beauty are phrases often used to describe Finnish design. From furniture and decorations to glassware and everyday tools, Finland’s designers have always been inclined to make items that work and look good. VISIT...
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