Finland quick facts

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Finnish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +358

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Places to visit

Coastline of Aland island
Coastline of Aland island

A-class island

Explore Finland’s Åland – an archipelago of more than 6,000 islands in the Baltic Sea. The prime time to visit is between May and September. These Swedish-speaking islands can be reached from Turku on the south-west of Finland. The islands are flat, so ideal for exploring by bike. For the more adventurous, there are perfect conditions for kite-surfing and kayak surfing. Degersand is one of the favoured spots, thanks to its strong southerly winds.

There is a train station next to Turku harbour where you can take a ferry to Åland. Degersand is about 40 kilometres from the port in Maarianhamina. There are no trains on the island so hiring a car, or sharing a taxi are the easiest options.

Olavinlinna castle
Olavinlinna castle

Cracking castles and simmering saunas

For those in search of dramatic Finnish castles should go to Savolinna in the south of the country and visit Olavinlinna castle. The 14th century fortress lies within stunning lake scenery. Each summer the enchanting Savonlinna opera festival is held within the Medieval walls. For a typically Finnish experience visit a traditional wood-heated chimneyless smoke sauna. One of the best (and the largest in the world) is Jätkänkämppä sauna in Kuopio – lay back and enjoy the heat. To cool down, take a dip in the lake and then enjoy a nice cold beer as you marvel at the blistering views.

Olavinlinna castle is a 10-minute walk from Kauppatori train station. To reach the sauna, take a train to Kuopio and from there it is a short taxi ride.

Oulu train station
Oulu train station

Finnish city up north

Although Helsinki is the main party hub, in Oulu far in Finland’s north, there’s also plenty going on by night. Well-known for its thriving computing industry, Oulu is also a buzzing student city and a place worth visiting on a journey up north. The city exists across a number of islands, each connected by foot bridges. Cycling is the preferred means of transportation. During midsummer, the sun doesn’t set, so take advantage of this bizarre phenomenon and stay up all night! If you’re heading there in winter, you’ll experience quite the opposite with almost total darkness encapsulating the skies.

The train brings you into the centre of Oulu.

Suomenlinna island near Helsinki
Suomenlinna island near Helsinki

Helsinki - a vibrant and modern capital

Finland’s dynamic capital, Helsinki has an Eastern European touch if compared to the other Scandinavian capitals. Finland is a coastal city and radiates from the busy harbour, which itself is a treat – take a stroll in the area and marvel at the impressive ships passing in and out. Take a boat out to Suomenlinna, an island just off the coast. The main attraction is the fortress, which was built by the Swedes in 1748 and later seized by the Russians. During the summer the island is a popular escape with locals, as a getaway from city life and you’ll find many people picnicking under the sun.

The harbour is a 20-minute walk from Helsinki’s main train station.

Northern lights, Finnish Lapland
Northern lights, Finnish Lapland

Northern light spectacle

When in Finland you must venture to one of the world’s most remote places, Lapland. It’s home to seven national parks, but Pallas-Yllästunturi is possibly the best-loved. Enjoy the arctic scenery via one of the many hiking and nature trails. A must-see when in the north is the unique image of the Northern Lights. This natural occurrence is caused when the solar wind stream collides with the Earth’s magnetic field, leaving an astonishing light performance of colour, spray painting the sky. This spectacle can be viewed anywhere in Lapland and the best viewing months are in spring and autumn.

The nearest train station to Pallas-Yllästunturi in Lapland is Kolari and from there it is about 1,5 hours by car.


Provinssirock, Seinäjoki
Provinssirock, Seinäjoki


June 29 - July 1, 2017

This is Finland’s biggest and best rock festival and has been going since 1979. The 3-dayer attracts top international bands. It’s possible to buy a ticket for the whole weekend including camping or individual day tickets.

From the train station in Seinäjokiy ou can take the festival bus to the grounds.

Ilosaari Rock, Joensuu
Ilosaari Rock, Joensuu


July 14 - July 16, 2017

Finnish and international rock bands come together in Joensuu for 3 days of rock music. The event is named after the island where the festival was first held in 1971.

To reach the festival take a train to Joensuu and from there you can pick up the festival bus to the site.

Musicians performing at the Helsinki Festival
Musicians performing at the Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival

August 18 - September 3, 2017

This is Helsinki’s largest and most famous festival. A rich programme of art and music is on offer from classical to jazz music, and dance to theatre.

Concerts are held at venues across the city, most of which are located in the city centre.

Air guitar world championships, Oulu
Air guitar world championships, Oulu

Air Guitar World Championships

August 26, 2017

Oulu strikes a chord with thousands as the annual air guitar championship gets underway. After qualifying in local competitions throughout the world, the best-of-the-best air guitarists gather in Oulu to find out who the real champion is.

Oulu is a 6-hr train ride from Helsinki. The air guitar world championships venue is in walking distance of the main station.

Interrail passes for Finland

Most popular passes with Finland

Interrail Finland Pass from € 90

The Interrail Finland Pass is the best way to visit Finland's highlights, like Helsinki, Turku, Vaasa and Lapland.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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