Visitors guide to Finland
We have collected here basic information about Finland and especially Helsinki area. Bit like a Finland in a nutshell. What is the best time to visit? Where to go? What are the main sights? What is special in Finland? What to do and where to stay? We wish you a wonderful time in Finland - land of midnight sun and thousonds of lakes!
Your Short Travel Guide to Finland
Best time to travel to Finland is in summer July/August (You can see the midnight sun!) or in mid-winter February/March, especially when visiting Lapland, which is probably the best places to see glowing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Most of people come to Finland because of our wilderness, clean nature and thousands of lakes. Capital area Helsinki and it's beautiful archipelago is beautiful in summer time and Lapland has many sights at wintertime, e.g. Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and his village in Rovaniemi.
Specialties of Finnish Cuisine
Shortly saying typical Finnish food is naturally organic, simple and good, not so spicy, but having still special ingredients directly from Finnish nature like juniper berries. Fish (salmon, rainbow trout, pike perch) and meat (pork, beef, venison, reindeer) combined with various mushroom and vegetables is very much the basic setting.
Finnish foods often uses wholemeal products (rye, barley, oats) and berries (blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, sea buckthorn). Milk and buttermilk are commonly used as food. Various swedes and turnips were used earlier, but have been often replaced with the potato in the 18th century. drink or in various recipes. You can taste good Finnish food e.g. in these restaurants in Helsinki.
Visit Traditional Finnish Sauna
The world-famous Finnish sauna is an essential part of Finnish culture. There are 5 million people in Finland and over 3 million saunas! For this reason visiting a true traditional Finnish sauna can be even called a must-do-thing for all visitors in Finland. After sauna you can swim in a lake If wanting then even to get bit deeper in Finnish way of life, you can try all these 6 steps!
Finland Nature - Best National Parks of Finland
Finland is clean know for clean nature: thousands of lakes and lot of forest. Actually, Finland is Europe’s most forested country. About 70% of the land is covered with trees. The dominant trees are Scots pine, Norway spruce and birches, though forests are also dotted with aspens, alders and rowans.
There are 40 national parks in Finland. The national parks cover a total area of 9,892 square kilometres – 2.7% of Finland's total land area. Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorpi National Park are closest to Helsinki and easy to reach in less than one hour by car. If you are visiting Lapland, the most recommended national parks are Urho Kekkonen National Park, Riisitunturi National Park and Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. If interested more about fauna and plants in Finland, the best site to visit is luontoportti.com.