Finland is home to the happiest people on Earth. Perhaps it’s because they have the cleanest air on the planet or more forested land than the UK or Italy. Or maybe it’s the 187,888 lakes and miles and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Maybe it’s just because they drink the most coffee in the world, which also explains why there are remote backcountry cafes on the trails. It might be as simple as Finland being the official home of Santa Claus. No matter the reason, it’s hard to visit Finland and leave unhappy. Now, if we can only figure out their obsession with heavy metal and angry birds.

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Finnish and Swedish



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Summer Winter
Helsinki 71 17
Oulu 69 7
Rovaniemi 67 6

Fun Facts

  • The Finns drink the most coffee in the world
  • Finland has over two million saunas 
  • Finnish ants nest sitting competitions are a thing
  • Finland has the most heavy metal bands per capita in the world
  • Finland is the world’s happiest country (according to The World Happiness Report)
  • Finland has the world’s cleanest air
  • Finnish is part of the Uralic language family (like Hungarian)
  • There are 187,888 lakes in Finland
  • Most Finnish children have two birthday parties (one for friends and one for family)
  • 74% of the country is forested (more area than the UK or Italy)
  • Suomi is Finnish for Finland
  • There are more reindeer than people in Finnish Lapland
  • Levi recognizes five seasons of winter

Bucket-List Activities

  • Chase the Northern Lights
  • Hike the Hetta-Pallas Trail under the midnight sun
  • Ski to a backcountry café
  • Sauna (and then jump in a frozen lake)
  • Sleep in a glass igloo
  • Ride the world’s only sauna gondola in Ylläs
  • Stay at the SnowCastle of Kemi
  • Kayak Oulanka National Park

Natural Wonders

  • The frozen waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon (Posio)
  • Lake Pielinen (Finland’s most famous landscape – Koli National Park)
  • Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park (Cleanest air in the world – Enontekiö, Kittilä, Kolari and Muonio)
  • Lake Saimaa (the longest coastline in the world – southeastern Finland)

Major Attractions

  • Suomenlinna Fortress (Helsinki)
  • Kauppatori and Esplanadi (Helsinki)
  • Santa Claus Village (Rovaniemi)
  • The Design District (Helsinki)
  • Northern Lights (Lapland)
  • Åland Archipelago (Åland)
  • Medieval towns (Turku)
  • Olavinlinna Castle / Lake Saimaa (Savonlinna)

Native Foods

  • Long Drinks (citrus soda with a liquor kick)
  • Karjalanpiirakka (rice pies)
  • Poronkaristys (sauteed reindeer)
  • Lihapullat (Finnish meatballs)
  • Mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie)
  • Leipäjuusto (bread cheese)
  • Kalakukko (fish pie)
  • Korvapuusti (cinnamon buns)
  • Graavilohi (cured salmon)
  • Salmiakki (salty liquorice)
  • Ruisleipa (rye bread)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Hei – Hello
  • Näkemiin – Goodbye
  • Kyllä – Yes
  • Ei – No 
  • Kiitos – Thank you
  • Ei kestä – You are welcome: 
  • Anteeksi– Excuse me: 
  • Nimeni on … – My name is …
  • Hauska tavata – Nice to meet you
  • Hotelli – Hotel: 
  • Anteeksi, en puhu suomea – I’m sorry, I don’t speak Finnish
  • Lentokenttä – Airport
  • Rautatieasema – Train station
  • Bussiasema – Bus station
  • Lippu – Ticket
  • kalsarikannit – drinking beer in your underwear with no intention of going out (not a common travel phrase, but it leads to)
  • Krapula – hangover (used in a sentence, I feel like krapula)
  • Helsinki/ Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL ✈✈✈✈) – The capital city and start to most Finland trips
  • Oulu / Oulu Airport (OUL ✈✈✈) – the most populous city in Northern Finland
  • Rovaniemi / Rovaniemi Airport (RVN ✈✈✈) – The Official Hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle in Lapland
  • Turku / Turku Airport (TKU ✈✈) – The most traditional medieval town in Finland
  • Kittilä / Kittilä Airport (VAA ✈✈) – Gateway to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and Levi Fell
  • Vaasa / Vaasa Airport (VAA ✈✈) – Home to Tropiclandia Water Park
  • Kuopio / Kuopio Airport (KUO ✈✈)- Gateway to Tahkovuori
  • Tampere / Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (TMP ✈✈) – A large city between Näsijärvi Lake and Pyhäjärvi Lake
  • Ivalo / Ivalo Airport (IVL ✈✈) – The gateway to Saariselkä
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