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  • Beautiful Reindeers
  • One of the most beautiful places in Helsinki
  • Glowing green Northern Lights - an amazing experience to see on all Finland vacations.
  • Nordic pine forest in the evening light
  • The Old town pier in Helsinki
  • Finland road sign

Finland is in Northern Europe and borders with Russia to the east, Norway to the north and Sweden to the west. The country is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities. Just as important are the vast areas of unspoiled nature to be visited on Finland vacations. Finland has approximately 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands. In the northernmost part of the country, the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter and the Midnight Sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical home of Santa Claus and a large tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.

Due to the extreme latitude, northern parts of Finland experience the famous Midnight Sun near the summer solstice, when (if above the Arctic Circle) the sun never sets during the night and even in southern Finland it never really gets dark. The opposite is the Arctic Night in the winter, when the sun never comes up at all in the North. In the South, daylight is limited to a few hours with the sun just barely climbing over the trees before it sets again.

Glass Igloos in Northern Finland

Despite living in one of the most technologically developed countries in the world, Finns love to head to their summer cottages in the warmer months to enjoy all manner of relaxing pastimes including sauna, swimming, fishing and barbecuing. Today, Finland has its own distinctive language and culture that sets it apart from the rest of Nordic Europe.

Finland is technically not a part of Scandinavia. Even Finns rarely bother to make the distinction, but a more correct term that includes Finland is the "Nordic countries" However, Swedish, is one of the two official languages of the country. Finland has a 5.5% Swedish-speaking minority and is officially a bilingual country, so maps nearly always bear both Finnish and Swedish names. For example, Turku and Abo are the same city, even though the names differ totally.

Helsinki is the city by the sea on Finland vacations. It has a beautiful harbour around which the city is built. A lively fruit and vegetable market takes place every morning. Esplanadi is the heart of the city, a wide boulevard with many cafes and a lovely park. Senate Square is a showcase of neo-classical architecture which includes Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace and the University of Helsinki. The amazing and contemporary Temppelikaukio Church is built into a rock and is basically underground. The interestingly architecturally designed Finlandia Hall is the main concert and exhibition venue.  The Sibelius Monument is a fascinating homage to Finland’s famous composer, Jean Sibelius. It is a work of art resembling organ pipes welded together. Suomenlinna is a nearby island reached by ferry and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It contains several museums and was a large former fortress built to keep out invaders. The Seurasaaari Open-Air Museum is situated on a small island and is filled with authentic old Finnish houses the museum's buildings where guides in traditional costume demonstrate folk dancing and crafts.

Outside Helsinki is Porvoo, Finland’s second-oldest town with much history. Its picturesque town centre has many wooden houses, gardens, boutiques and cobbled streets plus pleasant restaurants and cafes.

Porvoo Old Town

In the north of the country in and around the Arctic Circle is Finnish Lapland. It is the home of the Northern Lights, Santa Claus and Ice Hotels.  The Northern Lights are visible on approximately 200 nights a year (every other clear night).  In Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, you can visit with Santa and his reindeer every day of the year at Santa Claus Village. There are Ice Hotels simply made of ice at which you can stay (and keep warm) - a different experience on Finland vacations.

This is a special destination for you to discover on a Finland vacation. Book one of our Finland vacation packages and be captivated by its Nordic beauty and charm. You won't be disappointed.

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Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Finland vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Finland. 

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