Best time to visit: December – March, June – August.
Average high: 17-20˚C
Average low: 0-10˚C
Price of meals: 5/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Family / Culture / Romantic
Finland is a large country in the north of Europe and is known for its stark contracts. And more recently, known for ranking number 1 on The 2018 World Happiness Report.
The cities and towns of Finland offer many unique historical and cultural attractions, and the beautiful natural surroundings serve as a playground for summer and winter activities.
Whether you visit Finland in winter or in summer makes all the difference. These two main seasons are polar opposites; one is characterised by darkness, and the other by extreme light.
When you visit the northernmost part of Finland in winter, the sun disappears for months, however, the bright stars and snow, and if you’re lucky enough, the ‘Northern Lights’ (visible roughly 200 nights a year), will create magical surroundings. And when visiting in the summer you will have the wonderful, yet bizarre, experience of the ‘Midnight Sun’, when the sun does not set at all, giving the country its nickname of ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’.
Finland offers space, quiet time, fresh air (said to have the third cleanest air in the world) and relaxation with its beautiful sceneries.
The Finns are known for their love of the sauna. There are over 3 million saunas in the country. Combine this with around 180 thousand lakes, it is the perfect combination to experience a hot Finnish sauna, followed by an ice-cold dip in a lake.
Finland has two main seasons; winter and summer. The coldest month is February, with temperatures averaging from -22˚C to -3˚C, however in the northernmost part of the country, temperatures can drop as low as -30˚C or even -50˚C and the sun does not rise above the horizon for about 2 months. The winter and autumn months have heavy and hazardous snowfall with often very strong winds.
Don’t let these extreme temperatures put you off visiting Finland; in winter you can enjoy the heavy snowfall and explore activities such as husky sleigh rides or skiing, and you might be lucky enough to witness the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), as long as you come prepared with many, many layers of clothing.
In summer, the warmest month is July, with temperatures averaging around 20˚C – at times peaking at 30˚C. The summer months are characterised by extreme light; the sun stays above the horizon for about 2,5 months, making it a popular destination
Finland has a reputation for being one of the more expensive countries in Europe. You will pay around €60 (£53,60) for a three-course meal for two people in Finland. A bottle of beer will cost you around €6,00 (£5,40) and a litre-bottle of water €4,50 (£4). A cappuccino will cost you €3,40 (£3).
It is important to note that tipping in Finland is not required, you might want to choose to put some coins in the tipping cup or round the bill up to the nearest 5 or 10 euros, however, some locals will not know how to react and might assume you have made an error with your payment. If in doubt, simply ask if tips are accepted.
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