Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
The top two seasons to explore Finland are undoubtedly summer and winter, although the activities on offer are diametrically opposite.
The summers are short but temperate. Extremely popular, they give rise to a never-ending programme of festivals, when the midnight sun makes it possible to organise events almost nonstop. This is the sailing, fishing and hiking season and the village balls, café terraces and festivals are taken by storm.
Winter, on the other hand, is long and harsh and the country is encased in ice and snow. This is the time for skiing, dogsled and snowmobile excursions, fishing on the ice and, of course, marvelling at the Northern Lights, very frequent in the north of the country.
Autumn, which is cold and short-lived, is a favourite season with photographers, attracted by the vivid foliage in the forests. In spring, the Finns enthusiastically celebrate the return of the sun. From April 30 to May 1, Vappu, an extended Labour Day, takes the form of an immense outdoor festival giving rise to exuberant events, parades, processions and carnivals almost all over the country.
Formalities and useful addresses
Finland Tourism Board – www.visitfinland.com
Health and safety
Current is 220V so American travellers will need an AC adapter. The sockets are adapted to plugs with 2 round pins.
Finland contains 5 international airports, including 1 in Helsinki: www.finavia.fi/en