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Finland Food & Drink

  • Mustamakkara
  • Kalakukko
  • Bilberries are grown throughout Eurasia
  • Reindeer fillet with yellow sauce
  • Traditional Karelian are Finnish cakes with potatoes


Finnish cuisine has been greatly influenced by recipes and food from Sweden as well as Russia. Traditional meals tend to centre around potatoes, meat, fish, milk, butter and rye bread.  The food of Finland is known for combining traditional styles with contemporary cooking.


Popular dishes include:

Rapu: This dish is a favourite amongst the Finnish people and it consists of crayfish that had been boiled and then flavoured with dill.

Kalakukko: A very traditional meal that comes from the Savonian region, Kalakukko consists of fish that has been baked into a loaf of bread.

Kaalikääryleet: This dish is cabbage rolls that can have various fillings and stuffings including lamb, beef or pork.

Lihapullat: This dish consists of meatballs served with gravy.

Berries: Berries are incredibly popular in Finland. Traditionally they were eaten fresh in the summer and then preserved in jams or dried for the winter months. Favourite types include blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries and sea buckthorn.

Mustamakkara: This is blood sausage that is accompanied by lingonberry jam.

Mykyrokka: This is a soup dish made with dumplings that are cooked right in the soup. The dumplings are filled with onions, meat, kidneys, liver and potatoes.



Milk is considered the national drink of Finland and sometimes, it is served curdled. Other traditional alcoholic drinks found in Finland include Kilju which is made from water, yeast and sugar. Sahti is a popular Finnish beer, and Lakka, which is a liqueur that is flavoured with cloudberries that have been soaked in alcohol for 2-6 months until sweet, is also common.


Things to know:

Tipping is not really standard practice in Finland as often service is included in the bill.  However, some people choose to round their bills up.


Drinking age:

18 years, however, for any alcohol over 22% ABV, the drinking age is 20.


Finland Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Finland.

Learn about the history and culture of Finland, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Finland's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're adequately prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Finland for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Finland tours today!


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