Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. The northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centres. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki throb with lifestyle land culture.
Things to know before visit Finland
Finland is oft called the land of snow and ice. It snows in the country between November and May. In the summers it is quite pleasant with bright night. The summer lasts from June to August. In the months of June and July the sun never sets.
Capital city of Finland, is the main entry point for all visitors. A city full of museums, art galleries, shopping arcades and fabulous restaurant, Helsinki is a great way to start your Finnish adventure. Some of the must visit sights in the city are Finlandia Hall, , the architecture of Senate Square and the underground Rock Church. History buffs should also check out Finnish National Museum and Finnish National Museum of Art.
Seeing the Northern Lights is a once in a lifetime adventure that very few get to witness. Finland is a great place to see these blazing rays of light cast their shadows over the sky. Lapland is the best place in Finland to view this phenomena.
A small town in the Finnish Lakeland, Savonlinna has a historic charm. The St. Olaf’s Castle is the main attraction here. This 15th century castle is rustic and is located in the middle of a lake. Other places worth interest are the Orthodox Museum, Kerimäki, where the biggest wooden church is located and the Savonlinna Provincial Museum.
On the coast of Southern Finland, Turku had been the Finnish capital for most of the 19th century. It is also the oldest city in the country and has a lot of historical spots including the 13th century Turku Castle, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museums and the architecture at the neighborhood of Luostarinmäki.
The Åland Islands is an independent archipelago located between Finland and Sweden and is made up of some large islands and about 10,000 smaller ones. Aland had been active in the maritime sector and has many museums dedicated to the fascinatining maritime history of the island. Visit the Maritime Museum,Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn and the Museum Ship Pommern- the maint attractions of the island.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Finland it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard voltage is at 220/230V. Sockets are designed to accept two prong plugs.