If you can't stomach the cold, visit Finland between spring and fall, when local temperatures are at their highest and the sun is shining nearly all day; this is peak season for travel to the country. But if you're seeking Christmas cheer or the bright northern lights, plan a winter trip. While Finland gets notoriously chilly during winter months, it's also a destination well known for its cold-weather activities -- especially northern Finland, where travelers can ski, dog sled, watch the northern lights and even visit the home of Santa Claus in Lapland.
While Finland has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit, there are plenty of ways to save, such as planning a trip during the right season. Unlike hotels in most Western European countries, accommodations in Finland tend to be most expensive during the winter months, especially in northern Finland. To save money, travel during summer and look for alternative lodging options within the country -- self-catering cabins or campsites in the countryside are good bets. City travelers staying in Helsinki can find plenty of affordable or free activities, from biking through the city to sunbathing on local beaches.
Fab Euro trip. by Scanlady
My European vacation was a winner, Aug-Sep 2010. 33 days divided between Helsinki (my home)the White City of the north. London, Tallinn, Amsterdam. Helsinki with it's Southarbour open air market where you can buy just about anything, from crafts, those ladies are doing wonders with their knitting needles to ... Read more!
Baltic Cruise on Star Princess -- May 9-22, 2010 by Carmen C.
Baltic Cruise on Star Princess -- May 9-22, 2010 We arrived at BWI on Sunday, May 9th around 10:00am for our 1:23pm flight to Atlanta and then to Copenhagen. I tried to check in on line the day before, but received a red flashing notice across my computer screen saying that I needed a visa. WHAT???? I called ... Read more!
5 Days in Helsinki and Tallinn by LSKahn
I urge all of you to read my report on my home exchange in Finland before reading this report. My home exchange ended when my exchange family returned. I had always intended to spend a few days in Helsinki before returning and that is what I did. My exchangers, by the way, even invited me to be their guest until ... Read more!
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