Five Things to Know Before Travelling to Finland

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Finland is a Nordic country in Europe, bordering Sweden, Russia and Norway.

As a tourist, you’ll find so many places to visit and things to do in Finland. Whether it’s the Northern lights or the lush landscapes and ski resorts, there’s something for all age groups.

Our guest post topic expert, Maunu Seppinen, provides you with essential things to keep in mind before visiting Finland.

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  1. Gaming

If you are into online gaming and betting, you must also know that gambling is state-controlled in Finland. Foreign sites are forbidden in the country, but you can always opt for Finnish options to play, such as kenon tarkastus.

  • How to go to Finland

To visit Finland as a tourist, you don’t need a visa. All you need is a valid passport or a travel document, depending on your nationality.

You can get there by flight, rail (Interrail and Eurail), road transport, or boat.

Helsinki is the main international airport in Finland. Other major airports are the Rovaniemi, Turku, Tampere, Vaasa and Kokkola.

Finnair is the largest Finnish airline. At present, it requires a COVID testing certificate on all Finnair flights. Some exceptions do apply.

  • Planning

While planning a trip to Finland, you must consider your budget and the duration of travel. Finland has so much to offer, so choose your places wisely if you’re on a short trip.

  • Major cities of Finland:

Helsinki

You can opt for the capital city’s Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour of 1 hour 30 minutes. Take a ferry to the World Heritage site and maritime fortress Suomenlinna Island. It is a picturesque location all year round. If you have time, take a day cruise to the Aland Islands.

There are various other places to visit in Helsinki, such as cathedrals, museums and castles. Some of the major attractions are Senate Square, Helsinki Central, Railway Station, and the Korkeasaari Zoo. And be sure to check out the famous Design District, too.

Lapland

Lapland is the northernmost region in Finland, and you can go there to see the spectacular Northern lights.

If you’re in the mood for winter fun, go for the snowmobile safari, or visit the Ranua zoo. There is also a Santa Claus village tour in winter.

Some other local spots to visit in Lapland are Rovaniemi, Inari, Levi, Saariselka, Posio, Kemi, Siida, and Kittila. The best time to visit this winter wonderland is between November and March.

Lakeland

Lakeland is a vast forest-covered landscape in central and east Finland. It’s the largest lake district in Europe.

If hiking is your thing, you’ll enjoy the Lakeland trails in the Tampere region. While you’re at it, be sure to visit the museums and galleries in Tampere, as well as the Särkänniemi amusement park.

Turku

Turku is the most historical city in Finland. Some of the gems to discover are the Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral, and Uto island. Also, check out the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, The Archipelago Trail, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, and Kylamaki Village of Living History Museum.

You can also visit the churches such as Archangel Michael’s Church. There are some fabulous beaches, too, in Ispoinen and Vepsa.

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5) Finland travel restrictions

Like any other country these days, be mindful of the travel Finland COVID restrictions. Domestic and foreign travel is advisable for essential purposes only.

There are also mandatory health examinations in place at the entry points. To keep you and your family safe abroad, you should follow some handy tips while eating out as in the blog post: click here. Safe travels!

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