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Finland : When and where to go?
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Finland: Climate & Weather
Situated as it is in a northernmost latitude, the climate of the country is however temperate due to the Gulf Stream.
4°C - 39°F
Helsinki, updated 02:50 GMT
What to do in Finland
If a dive into nature seduces you then you should go to Finland! Frozen landscapes, sleigh rides, dense forests, lakes and marshlands, this country will take you into a wild and peaceful dimension.
The capital, Helsinki, remains a city with a very human dimension: The market square, parks, canals, museums, the Rock Church and the lively cafes make it a very pleasant destination.
Turku is the oldest city of Finland: The medieval district of Luostarinmäki will seduce you with its wooden houses where craftsmen use their skills to make handicrafts in front of you, and you will be charmed by its unique castle.
The province of Aland is a great stopover in your trip: It boasts 6,400 islands and has a very original identity, you can explore this place by bicycle to enjoy its beautiful landscapes.
Rauma city has been declared as a Unesco World Heritage site: It is built of wood and has several museums, many active trades can be found here with craftsmen using their ancient skills in old workshops. Feel free to stroll along the narrow streets of the old city.
Finally go to Lapland to go trekking on the bear trails in the Oulanka National Park, or extreme sports fans may enjoy a rafting expedition in the Kitkajoki, the culturally minded may prefer to explore the cave paintings in the Hossa area.
Finland : The basics
Helsinki is very well served by many airlines.
No visa is required for EU citizens.
The currency is the Euro.
The budget required is quite expensive, although rates have become slightly lower in recent years: A double room will cost about €70 and an average meal about €20.
There are no health issues in Finland, but mosquitoes are very aggressive during the summer months in the center and northern part of the country so protect yourself against them.
To travel within the country, airplanes, trains and buses are both frequent and efficient. The bus is the most comfortable method to reach the more inaccessible places. Riding a bicycle is also very practical. Ferries enable you to cross rivers and lakes almost everywhere.
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