Scandinavia’s eccentric cousin, quirky energetic and a little strange. Explore the pristine wilderness in ancient forests and crystal clear lakes, visit snow covered winter wonderlands and marvel at cutting edge Nordic design. With over 188,000 lakes and 70% of the country covered in forest, Finland offers some of the most spectacular landscapes and cleanest air in the world. In winter, the sea freezes and the north and centre of the country are covered in a blanket of dazzling snow, bearing witness to the ethereal Northern lights. Head for Rovaniemi in Lapland to zip across the ice on snowmobiles, drive a pack of sledge dogs and meet Father Christmas at his magical home. Visit in summer to enjoy almost two full months of glorious midnight sun. Stunning hiking trails take you through boreal forests that come to the waters edge of tranquil lakes where you can try your hand at a host of activities on the serene waters.

Top Recommendations

  • Explore Helsinki and take in the Museum of Finland
  • Visit Santa Claus at his home in Rovaniemi, Lapland
  • Sample any number of Finlands National Parks
  • Kayak on lake Saimaa & hike the surrounding trails
  • Try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights
  • Rakatunturi or Levi for skiing and other winter activities

When to Visit

The best time to visit Finland varies by region and what you wish to do. For Northern lights, Santa and snow in Northern Finland the best time to visit is December to April. Long summer days run from late May to September and the midnight sun makes an appearance in June, so this is a great time to visit Helsinki and the Lakeland regions.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Helsinki.