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Introducing Finland

Finland offers the best of both worlds—or rather, the best of both major travel seasons. If you're in need of a warm summer vacation without the crowds, you'll revel in this country's opportunities for hiking, lake swimming, and exploration of Helsinki's metropolitan culture. Travelers planning a winter wonderland getaway won't be disappointed either: the outdoor activities are endless, its an ideal place to spot the Northern Lights, and its the only place where you can visit Santa Clause's hometown (complete with reindeer).

When is the best time to visit? 
Despite its sky-high spot on the map, Finland's climate is more temperate than you would think. Yes, its winters are dark and cold—but due to the forgiving Gulf Stream, temperatures don't dip too far below freezing. Take advantage of the snow with all manner of winter sports, and long nights mean better chances of spotting the Northern Lights. Summer is when you'll have the best weather and widest number of activities and attractions available—and even in these popular vacation months, you rarely need to worry about crowds. Spring is very short (and often still snowy), but fall is a particularly good time for photographers to book a trip: the hills become cloaked in the brilliant hues of autumn leaves. 

How many days do I need?
Finland is an easy flight from Stockholm and St. Petersburg, so a quick trip isn't out of the question. With three days, you can easily experience the culinary joys and architectural wonders of fabulous Helsinki. In five days, you're able to tour a larger region—check out this Lapland tour, which includes skiing, snowshoeing, guiding a team of huskies, and sleeping in glass igloos under the stars. With a week or more, you can take a substantial road trip through half of the country. Try the southern coast from Helsinki in the summer months, or this nine-day winter itinerary that takes you all the way to Norway.

Finland Tours & Itineraries

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See the most magical places above Arctic Circle on this tour from Rovaniemi to Tromso
Map of Northern Lights Road Trip from Rovaniemi to Tromsø - 9 Days
Northern Lights Road Trip from Rovaniemi to Tromsø - 9 Days

From dog sledding to snowshoeing, this adventure above the Arctic Circle covers all the winter activities the region has to offer. With a private guide behind the wheel, there's no need to worry about icy roads and reindeer crossings - just sit back, relax, and enjoy the hidden gems of the polar north.

Aerial view of Helsinki, Finland
Discover Finland's Golden Triangle: Helsinki, Tampere & Turku - 6 Days

Discover Finland's Golden Triangle—formed by the cities of Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku. Learn about the role these cities played in Finland's history and how, today, they are the economic and population center of the country.  You'll start in the capital, Helsinki, with a city tour and an excursion to the historic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and partake in the city's lively and innovative dining scene. At Tampere, the city surrounded by lakes, you'll learn the city's history and take a lake cruise to enjoy the region's unique beauty.

The Northern Lights
Map of Lapland Highlights  - 5 Days
Lapland Highlights - 5 Days

Visit Santa Claus's hometown (Rovaniemi) and fall in love with winter sports haven Ylläs on this snow-dusted, winter wonderland adventure above the Arctic Circle! Snuggle a husky, pose for a selfie with a reindeer, snowshoe through the wilderness, participate in epic snowball fights, and — of course — go hunting for the elusive, magical Northern Lights.

Reindeer in Lapland
Map of Rovaniemi and Kemi  - 6 Days
Rovaniemi and Kemi - 6 Days

Welcome to Lapland! With four days in Rovaniemi, there's so much you can see and do. Visit Rudolph and the elves at Santa Claus Village, catch the Northern Lights, and sled with Huskies through a silent forest. Add on two more days for an optional excursion to the icy wonderland of Kemi.

Skiing in Lapland
Map of Lapland Winter Activities - 5 Days
Lapland Winter Activities - 5 Days

Outdoorsy travelers and snow-lovers rejoice: this Lapland winter tour was crafted with you in mind. Spend five days on snowshoes and skis, making your way across a winter wonderland that spans both Finland and Norway. Explore Norwegian fjords and arctic tundra - and keep an eye on the snow for wolverine and lynx prints.

Dogsled through Arctic forests in Lapland
Magical Lapland: Santa's Village, Dogsledding & the Northern Lights - 5 Days

Cross the Arctic Circle into Finland's far north on this unforgettable 5-day winter adventure. Explore the Lapland town of Rovaniemi, where you can dogsled through snowy forests and meet Santa's reindeer. When the skies darken you'll set out in search of the spectacular northern lights, spending one special night in a heated glass igloo under the stars.

Finland Travel Advice

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Our Latest Finland Content

Snowbound Lapland in winter
Best Time of Year to Visit Finland

Despite spanning the Arctic Circle, Finland is a fantastic destination at any time of year. Summer (June-August) draws visitors for vibrant cultural festivals, sunny days and warm temperatures, and the endless daylight of the midnight sun. Winter is equally stunning for its snowy landscapes and snowsports and a chance to see the northern lights and meet Santa on his home turf. And spring and fall are ideal if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a temperate climate.

Santa Claus village of Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland
Finland in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

December is the dead of winter in Finland, which means cold temperatures and minimal hours of daylight. However, Lapland is the mythical home of Santa Claus, and where better to celebrate Christmas? Read on to find out more about visiting Finland in December.

First snowfall in Pargas, Finland
Finland in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is the tail end of fall and the start of winter in Finland. This means dark and gloomy conditions in most of the country, with the possibility of snow sports in the north. Read on to find out more about where to go and what to do in Finland in November.

Finland Travel Maps

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Finland map: Northern Lights Road Trip from Rovaniemi to Tromsø : 9 Days
Northern Lights Road Trip from Rovaniemi to Tromsø : 9 Days
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Finland map: Lapland Highlights  - 5 Days
Lapland Highlights - 5 Days
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Finland map: Rovaniemi and Kemi  - 6 Days
Rovaniemi and Kemi - 6 Days
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Trip Reviews for Finland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Magical White Christmas with Santa in Lapland
Finland | Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2022

Ana
Ana C.
St. Marys, GA | Jan 25, 2022

This was one of a lifetime trip! Absolutely Amazing! We have a 7 year old and we decided to take the chance and travel from Atlanta, GA in the US to Lapland to be able to find the Real Santa and do everything possible to make my son experience Santa with all the bells and whistles!

Finding the right partner to do is very important. And here is where Kim Kim comes to life once again. We chose NORD DMC with Julia and Thao behind everything, and when I say everything, I really mean it!

I am a... read more

This was one of a lifetime trip! Absolutely Amazing! We have a 7 year old and we decided to take the chance and travel from Atlanta, GA in the US to Lapland to be able to find the Real Santa and do everything possible to make my son experience Santa with all the bells and whistles!

Finding the right partner to do is very important. And here is where Kim Kim comes to life once again. We chose NORD DMC with Julia and Thao behind everything, and when I say everything, I really mean it!

I am a very particular traveler because I like to do research first and find the exact places to stay and the activities I want to do, and then, work the itinerary together so that I can get the local insights and the experience and expertise of people like Julia and Thao.

They understood my wishes and gave me different options until we were able to create the perfect experience and spend a wonderful Christmas in a beautiful country.

The hotels they chose, the adventures tailored for our family and all the ideas of what to do and where to eat were on point. Not to mention that they were always available if I needed to ask something. They are both very warm and knowledgeable.

I have a lot of more countries to go, but if I go back to Lapland or any of the Scandinavian countries, I will contact them for sure!
Thank you Thao and Julia for a Magical White Christmas with Santa in Lapland.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Finland - in the wild
Finland | Jul 17 - Jul 25, 2019

Carolyn
Carolyn D.
Australia | Aug 24, 2019

We've just spent a wonderful week travelling with Adventure By Design from Rovaniemi (Lapland) to Tromso (Norway). Our trip was all about immersing ourselves in the environment and taking beautiful day hikes. Elina & Sonja organised a great itinerary which gave us a taste of the different types of environment in the Arctic Circle. It wasn't till the end that we reflected how different each day was and how that made the trip so great! The hikes were well marked and really suitable for us in... read more

We've just spent a wonderful week travelling with Adventure By Design from Rovaniemi (Lapland) to Tromso (Norway). Our trip was all about immersing ourselves in the environment and taking beautiful day hikes. Elina & Sonja organised a great itinerary which gave us a taste of the different types of environment in the Arctic Circle. It wasn't till the end that we reflected how different each day was and how that made the trip so great! The hikes were well marked and really suitable for us in terms of difficulty and duration. The night in the wilderness cabin was a highlight- a great way to meet other Finnish hikers and have an authentic Finnish summer hiking experience. The accommodation varied: self-catering cabins (with sauna's) and hotels which were clean and comfortable and in great locations. It was easy to pick up food supplies (snacks, breakfast food) along the way. My partner's need for gluten-free food was NO problem at all in Finland and Norway. Everything is labelled. How refreshing! Gareth and Amanda were fantastic guides and we really enjoyed our time with them. Everything went smoothly, as planned, and we enjoyed every single minute of our fabulous trip. Highly recommended, and we look forward to coming back one day soon.

Local specialist: Elina Hutton
Elina
Elina Hutton
Local specialist in Tampere | Aug 24, 2019

Thank you Carolyn. It was nice to meet you both, and we're looking forward to seeing you back in Finland! Elina, Amanda and Gareth :)

Norway's Ultimate Fjord Adventure
Finland | Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2019

Mylan
Mylan G.
Chandler, AZ | Jun 13, 2019

We absolutely loved Norway. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Our boat tour through the fjords was gorgeous. We especially enjoyed the Flåm train ride and our trip to Lofoten Islands. A guide named Boyd, from Aktiv took us on a very nice kayaking tour. He was very informative about the people, the culture, and the history of the area.

Planning the trip with Ingrid was a dream! She had excellent suggestions, was thorough in her planning... read more

We absolutely loved Norway. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Our boat tour through the fjords was gorgeous. We especially enjoyed the Flåm train ride and our trip to Lofoten Islands. A guide named Boyd, from Aktiv took us on a very nice kayaking tour. He was very informative about the people, the culture, and the history of the area.

Planning the trip with Ingrid was a dream! She had excellent suggestions, was thorough in her planning and left us very detailed instructions. She even gave us maps so that we would have a general idea where we needed to go. I have given all of my friends the recommendations on booking travel through kim kim. We had a wonderful experience and every hotel and activity met or exceeded our expectations.

Our only obstacles were generally in the area of language. While everyone spoke English, we really had a tough time reading the signs or following directions that were written in Norwegian. This posed most challenging while driving. Some how we made it through the trip with just a parking ticket!

Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes
Ingrid
Ingrid Thornes
Local specialist in Oslo | Jun 13, 2019

Hi Mylan,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback and for taking the time to write a review. I am so so happy to hear that you had such a good time in Norway!

I wish you all the very best and welcome back to Norway any time!
Best,
Ingrid