Travel Guide Finland

  • Zeit im Wald senkt den Blutdruck und hebt die Stimmung Photo: Hendrik Morkel, Visit Finland
  • 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
  • Forelle über dem Lagerfeuer Photo: 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
  • Gemeinsam in der Sauna Photo: Harri Tarvainen, 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
  • 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


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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. 

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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 Wanderung durch die Herbstlandschaft
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Cycling Mountainbiken in Finnland
Explore Finland's seemingly endless expanse on two wheels - an enticing performance that doesn't have to stop at the ...
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Islands, Lakes, Fjells and Mountains

Finland's economic, cultural and political centre is the capital Helsinki near the south coast. The whole country offers travellers a wide variety of landscapes and cultures.

On and off the southwest coast, inhabited and uninhabited islands form together with rocks and cliffs an impressive archipelago landscape.

In south-east Finland, glaciers once formed the hilly landscape. The Finnish Lake District stretches here, on which countless smaller waters lie beside the largest lake of the country, the Saimaa.

Lapland in the north of the country is characterised by treeless plateaus, the so-called Fjells, 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.

The city of Kuusamo is located in the north-east of Finland and is internationally renowned as a venue for winter sports events.

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, mountains, 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.

This project is one of the EU-funded projects.

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Dawn at Archipelago


Finland is not only the land of a thousand lakes, but also the land of a thousand islands. Because off the south and west coast lies the largest archipelago in the world.
Tuomiokirkko Helsinki

Helsinki Region

The Finnish capital Helsinki is situated directly by the sea. The comparatively small harbor town has everything that is expected to find in a pulsating metropolis while creating a smooth transition between urbanity and nature.
Discover Koli National Park


This region is the reason why Finland proudly bears the nickname "Land of a Thousand Lakes". A huge labyrinth of lakes, rivers, islands and canals stretches across the entire southeast of the country. In between there are towns worth seeing such as Tampere, Kuopio, Joensuu and Savonlinna.
Rentier in Lappland


Finnish Lapland is one of the loneliest regions in Europe: less than two inhabitants live there on one square kilometre. During the summer months, the country is immersed almost continuously in the light of the midnight sun.