Destination Information for Finland
Finland is a country of immense natural beauty, with islands, forests, lakes and mountains. Here is where most visitors arrive in the country, and Helsinki’s friendliness and orderliness give tourists an excellent introduction to the Finnish way of life. Lapland, to the far North, is famous throughout the world as the home of Santa Claus, and the thriving tourist industry here invites fans of Santa to visit the reindeer and take in all the traditional attractions of the season.
Other popular tourist areas include Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, which is open during the annual Opera Festival and is said to be Finland’s most atmospheric castle. Take a ride on the Linnanmäki” wooden roller coaster in Helsinki, which is only held onto the track by gravity – one attraction for the true thrill-seekers! There are a number of popular music festivals held in Finland during the summer, including the world’s oldest tango festival, Tangomarkkinat, and a motorsport and rock festival, Vauhtiajot, both of which are held in Seinäjoki.
If you’re heading to Finland in the hope of seeing the famously magical Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, your best chance is to go to Lapland. Here, the lights are visible approximately every second night between September and March. Elsewhere in Finland, they can only be seen on around 10-20 nights each year. Hope for a clear and starry night sky and take in this breathtaking sight!
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Finland.