Travel Guide Finland

  • Herbst im Oulanka National Park
    Herbst im Oulanka National Park Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • Zeit im Wald senkt den Blutdruck und hebt die Stimmung
    Zeit im Wald senkt den Blutdruck und hebt die Stimmung Photo: Hendrik Morkel, Visit Finland
  • Sommerhaus am See
    Sommerhaus am See Photo: Anneli Hongisto, Visit Finland
  • Kanutour auf dem See Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Entspannen im Nuuksio National Park Photo: Victor Engström, Visit Finland
  • Die finnische Weite genießen Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Camping im Repovesi National Park Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Die Natur genießen Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Entspannung in der Natur Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Rauch-Sauna in Varkaus Photo: Vastavalo / Saara Kostama, Visit Finland
  • Im Rhododendron-Park in Helsinki Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • Rentiere in Lappland Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • Beim Räuchern der frisch gefangenen Fische Photo: Elina Manninen / Keksit, Visit Finland
  • Feine Mahlzeiten aus frischen Zutaten gemeinsam zubereiten Photo: Elina Manninen / Keksit, Visit Finland
  • Braunbären in Finnland Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland
  • Braunbären in Finnland Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland
  • Herbst im Oulanka National Park Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • Waldwanderung Photo: Aku Pöllänen, Visit Finland
  • Lagerfeuer in Levi Photo: Olli Oilinki, Visit Finland
  • Auf dem Rücken der Pferde.. durch die Wälder Photo: Olli Oilinki, Visit Finland
  • Die Vielfalt der (Wald-) Beeren Photo: Kiki Kolenbet, Visit Finland
  • Camping auf den Åland Inseln Photo: Thorsten Brönner, Visit Finland
  • Ruhe auf dem See in der Wanderregion Hossa Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland
  • Feuerstelle in der Wanderregion Hossa Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland

Finland

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"Suomi", as the Finns themselves call their country, lives up to its reputation as the land of a thousand lakes and forests. No matter if you are in the capital Helsinki in the south of Finland or in Utsjoki, the country's northernmost municipality – nature is never far away. Due to its location on the edge of Europe, between Sweden and Russia, Finland creates a geographical, scenic and cultural link between East and West in an area of around 338,000 square kilometers.

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Outdoor activities in Finland

In summer as well as in winter, Finland's vast and varied landscapes offer numerous opportunities for outdoor sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. As one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, Finland is also a destination for all those who are looking for peace and quiet in nature. Here you can relax from a hectic everyday life, spend time in the forest and rediscover the pleasant slowness, following the motto "Slow Finland".

Numerous hiking trails lead you through Finland's varied landscape. Walk through quiet forests, along the rugged coast and the proverbial thousand lakes of the country!

Cycling tours in Finland are also exciting and varied. Whether by conventional bicycle, e-bike or mountain bike – the landscapes between the south coast and Lapland attract every bike lover.

Hiking in Finland

Hiking and trekking are part of Finland's national identity. Many national parks, unspoilt nature, the world’s cleanest air and clear waters provide an ideal backdrop for short trips or expeditions lasting several days.

Cycling in Finland

Finland – land of lakes and islands, land of endless space – is ideal for cyclists. The sparsely populated country in the far north is relatively flat and is covered with numerous beautiful and varied cycling routes of all levels of difficulty.

Mountain bike rides in Finland

Finland, with its untouched nature and wilderness, is predestined for mountain bike experiences. Enjoy the open fell landscape in Lapland, cycle in the peaceful forest trails or on the duckboards in the moorland areas – Finland offers varied routes and unique surroundings for beginners as well ...

Water Sports in Finland

Finland – the land of a thousand lakes and islands – is ideal for water sports. Only accompanied by the rushing and splashing of the water you glide through the impressive nature. The calm inland waters are perfect for beginners and adventurous spirits can look forward to wild rapids.

Winter Sports in Finland

With currently 133 winter sports all around Finland there are plenty of options for outdoor enthusiasts. In total 11 winter hikes, 5 ski tours, 24 snowshoe walks and 93 others are waiting to be explored.

The four major Finnish Regions

Finland's economic, cultural and political center is the capital Helsinki near the south coast. Big city in the middle of greenery, home of Finnish design, meeting point for culinary friends and only a short walk away from the typical Finnish nature.

On and off the southwest coast, inhabited and uninhabited islands form together with rocks and cliffs an impressive landscape – the largest archipelago in the world. On foot or by bike, over bridges and by ferry you can go from island to island..

In south-east Finland, glaciers once formed the hilly landscape. The Finnish Lake District stretches here, on which, in addition to the country's largest lake, the Saimaa, countless smaller lakes lie and which have earned Finland its nickname "Land of a Thousand Lakes".

Lapland in the north of the country is characterized by treeless plateaus, the so-called fells, as well as by dense coniferous forests and mire landscapes. The polar climate makes you feel the proximity to the North Pole. Led by the 1328 m high Halti, the highest mountains of the country are located here.

 

Finnish National Parks

Finland has 40 national parks scattered throughout the country, reflecting the diversity of the landscape. Thus, national parks include the Archipelago Sea, marshy areas, fells, lakes, rapids, gorges and eskers. Finland's national parks protect the diversity of nature while at the same time offering people the opportunity to hike, climb or relax.

The Koli National Park covers parts of the Finnish Lake District, the largest lake district in Europe. In addition to the large blue ponds with particularly good water quality, you will discover waterfalls, sandy beaches and stone caves. Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is located in Lapland and impresses with the typical mountain landscape of the northwest of Finnish Lapland. The Oulanka National Park, which also extends into Lapland, is crossed by the famous Bear Circle, for example. In the Repovesi National Park you can explore a varied nature only a few hours away from Helsinki.

 

Finland's National Parks are significant areas that protect Finland's unique landscape and biodiversity. The parks ...
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Nature and Culture

In addition to outdoor activities, numerous sights in Finland are also attractive. South of Rovaniemi, for example, you will visit Ranua Zoo, the most northerly zoo in the world. More than 50 different arctic animal species such as polar bears, seals and arctic foxes live here.

If you want to come very close to Santa's helpers, the reindeer, you have to visit the Virkkunen reindeer farm. Located about 25 km north of the village Taivalkoski, it offers the possibility to feed and pet the animals and to learn interesting facts about the reindeer's way of life.

Numerous historical buildings and exciting museums throughout the country also attract visitors. One example among many is the church of Kerimäki, which is considered to be the largest wooden church in the world.

Slow Finland

The strength is to be found in serenity: In the vastness of the Finnish nature it is easy to recover from the hectic everyday life. Here your mind calms down, your rhythm slows down. It has been proven that spending time in the forest lowers blood pressure and lifts the mood.

In the calming and varied nature between the south coast and Utsjoki you will experience the "Slow Finland". This includes carefully prepared food and of course relaxation and detoxification in the sauna.

All regions

Ahvenanmaa

There are many great places for outdoor enthusiasts in Finland. The region of Ahvenanmaa is one of them. See what our travel guide has in store for you.

Arctic Lakeland Kainuu

The Arctic Lakeland Kainuu region is the northernmost part of the Finnish Lakeland, right on the border with Lapland. There you will experience the best of both worlds: a holiday paradise with blue lakes in summer, a white wonderland with snow-covered forests in winter.

Central Finland

The region of Central Finland in Finland has so much to offer for nature lovers. Our travel guide takes you to the most beautiful parts of this region and provides great info on fascinating tours, great offers, attractions and custom accommodations. Gather inspiration for your next trip.

Central Ostrobothnia

The coastal town of Kokkola is located in the northern archipelago on the west coast of Finland in the Central Ostrobothnia region. The oldest preserved wooden town in the country is located in the center of Kokkola and attracts tourists.

Kanta-Häme

The region of Kanta-Häme in Finland has so much to offer for nature lovers. Our travel guide takes you to the most beautiful parts of this region and provides great info on fascinating tours, attractions and custom accommodations. Gather inspiration for your next trip.

Kymenlaakso

The south-eastern part of Finland is particularly known for its beautiful archipelago coast. Near the Russian border you will also discover colourful wooden old towns, stone churches and historic mansions.

Lappi

The region of Lappi is one of the most popular and diverse outdoor areas in Finland. We collected the best recommendations for a great stay: fascinating tours, great offers, diverse ski resorts, attractions, custom accommodations and cozy huts in Lappi.

North Karelia

North Karelia is the easternmost municipality of Finland and is situated directly on the border to Russia. The sparsely populated area is best known for the Koli National Park with its impressive view of Lake Pielinen and the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu.

Northern Lakeland

The Northern Lakeland around the city of Kuopio is characterized by a wonderful, varied natural landscape.

Nothern Ostrobothnia

The region of Nothern Ostrobothnia is one of the most popular and diverse outdoor areas in Finland. We collected the best recommendations for a great stay: fascinating tours, great offers, attractions, custom accommodations and cozy huts in Nothern Ostrobothnia.

Ostrobothnia

There are many great places for outdoor enthusiasts in Finland. The region of Ostrobothnia is one of them. See what our travel guide has in store for you.

Päijät-Häme

The region of Päijät-Häme in Finland has so much to offer for nature lovers. Our travel guide takes you to the most beautiful parts of this region and provides great info on fascinating tours, attractions, custom accommodations and cozy huts. Gather inspiration for your next trip.

Pirkanmaa

There are many great places for outdoor enthusiasts in Finland. The region of Pirkanmaa is one of them. See what our travel guide has in store for you.

Satakunta

There are many great places for outdoor enthusiasts in Finland. The region of Satakunta is one of them. See what our travel guide has in store for you.

South Karelia

The region of South Karelia in Finland has so much to offer for nature lovers. Our travel guide takes you to the most beautiful parts of this region and provides great info on fascinating tours, attractions and custom accommodations. Gather inspiration for your next trip.

Southern Ostrobothnia

There are many great places for outdoor enthusiasts in Finland. The region of Southern Ostrobothnia is one of them. See what our travel guide has in store for you.

Southern Savonia

The region of Southern Savonia in Finland has so much to offer for nature lovers. Our travel guide takes you to the most beautiful parts of this region and provides great info on fascinating tours, attractions and custom accommodations. Gather inspiration for your next trip.

Southwest Finland

In the southwest of Finland there is a unique archipelago landscape. Start your journey in Turku's vibrant cultural centre and discover historic lighthouses, small coastal villages and thousands of islands.

Uusimaa

Uusimaa is located in Finland’s very south and surrounds the capital of Helsinki. Influenced by the capital and yet characterized by pristine nature rich in species, Uusimaa attracts both city tourists as well as outdoor enthusiasts and knows how to excite them all.
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