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The best way to see this city on the Baltic Sea is with a local guide. Hip Helsinki is on the cutting edge of fashion and has a flourishing culinary scene. At the same time, it also has a rich history and amazing architecture that still shines through its modern edge. You’ll find touches of art nouveau and neoclassical and an array of intriguing museums.

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Senate Square

Explore the heart of Helsinki – Senate Square. It is home to the oldest stone building in the city and is dominated by four impressive neoclassical buildings including its impressive cathedral. Fun fact: every day at 5:49 a modern version of the European Glockenspiel plays and you can hear it make its way around the square, from one building to the next. Today, it is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and host to an array of special events.

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Lapland Region

Discover the northern region of Finland, the vast and peaceful Lapland – only 3% of the country’s total population resides here. The winter is simply magical, and it is the perfect place to go in search of the northern lights, witness reindeer roaming free and meet Santa Claus. Spend 3 nights in this enchanting land of endless open land, big skies, fresh air and welcoming people.

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The Northern Lights of Finland

Venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights. This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere; the results are spectacular! Streaks of colorful light appear across the sky. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Located at nearly the most northern tip of Europe, you’ll find this luxurious resort surrounded by wilderness. Visitors can take advantage of its many amenities and stay in a variety of unique accommodations including cozy log cabins and glass igloos, giving guests an unobstructed view of the night sky. Set away from the lights and activity of the main resort are rows of glass igloos that look like something out of a sci-fi movie. Enjoy a magical night at this igloo hotel. Gaze at the night sky and wait for the northern lights to reveal themselves.

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Husky Safari

Visit a local husky farm to meet these cute canines. You will soon find out just how much they love their jobs! Become acquainted with these friendly dogs, the commands and the equipment before embarking on a snow-covered adventure. With you as their leader, be whisked through the wilderness by these eager dogs that love to run.

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Reindeer Safari

Set out for remote areas of Kakslauttanen on a relaxing reindeer safari that takes you deep into nature with local reindeer herders. Take some time to chat with the local Sami people on your one-of-a-kind adventure on a sleigh led by Finnish reindeer!

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Santa's Home

Feel like a kid again as you travel deep into the forest to visit Santa’s home. Just as you have always imagined, a giant red chalet covered with snow and adorned with white lights appears atop a hill as you make your way along a long wooden walkway to the front door, where you will be greeted by Santa himself!

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Our tours in Finland are perfect for families looking to create cherished memories together. With a minimum requirement of just 4 people, families can explore the wonders of Finland in a comfortable and engaging environment. Guides ensure that both adults and children have an enriching experience, catering to the interests of all family members.

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The Scandinavian country of Finland is a beautiful destination year-round. In the south, the capital city of Helsinki has a beautiful harbour offering sailing tours and cruises, while Lapland in the north is ideal for sightings of the Northern Lights. Families flock to Rovaniemi each year in hopes of seeing Santa Claus, while snowshoers and skiers head to Kuusamo to get in touch with nature.

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Finnish Wilderness Week Tour

  • Starts Basecamp Oulanka, Finland
  • Ends Basecamp Oulanka, Finland

Finnish Wilderness Week

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  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Winter adventure & Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Resort & Lodge
  • Transport Bus & Snowmobile
  • Age Range 16-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • Dec 08 Only 4 seats left
  • Dec 15 Only 8 seats left
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Finnish Lapland In Winter Tour

  • Starts Helsinki, Finland
  • Ends Rovaniemi, Finland

Finnish Lapland in Winter

  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Local culture & Natural landmarks sightseeing Local culture , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Northern lights tours & Honeymoon 'data-more-tripid='10301'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Guest House, Resort, Hotel & Sleeper Train
  • Transport Train, Bus, Private Vehicle, Ferry & Sleeper Train
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Nov 30 Only 8 seats left
  • Jan 04 Only 7 seats left

Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday Tour

Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday

  • Activities Family & Winter adventure
  • Accommodation Resort
  • Transport Snowmobile
  • Age Range 9-16 yrs
  • Dec 22 Only 8 seats left
  • Dec 29 Only 5 seats left

Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer - 5 Days Tour

  • Starts Rovaniemi, Finland

Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer - 5 Days

  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Bus & Snowmobile
  • Age Range 18-80 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,335
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 467
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,868
  • Nov 17 10+ seats left
  • Nov 18 10+ seats left

The Northern Lights Of Finland Tour

  • Ends Helsinki, Finland

The Northern Lights of Finland

  • Activities Northern lights tours & City sightseeing
  • Accommodation Resort & Hotel
  • Transport Flight & Coach
  • Age Range 1-95 yrs
  • Nov 04 Only 7 seats left
  • Nov 09 Only 9 seats left

Snowshoeing In Finland Tour

Snowshoeing in Finland

  • Activities Northern lights tours & Winter adventure
  • Jan 12 Only 8 seats left
  • Jan 26 Only 8 seats left

Christmas In Finland - 6 Days Tour

  • Starts Kuhmo, Finland
  • Ends Kuhmo, Finland

Christmas in Finland - 6 Days

  • Activities Festivals and events & Snowmobiling Festivals and events , Snowmobiling , Food tours & Dog sledding 'data-more-tripid='16140'>+2 more
  • Dec 22 10+ seats left

The Turku Archipelago Tour

  • Starts Turku, Finland
  • Ends Turku, Finland

The Turku Archipelago

  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Bicycle tours & Local culture Bicycle tours , Local culture & Cultural, religious and historic sites 'data-more-tripid='20254'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Ferry
  • Age Range 18-99 yrs
  • Jun 23 10+ seats left
  • Jul 07 10+ seats left

Finland Wilderness Discovery - 5 Days Tour

Finland Wilderness Discovery - 5 Days

  • Activities Wildlife & Honeymoon
  • Accommodation Hut & Resort
  • Transport Bus
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,545
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 509
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,036
  • Nov 01 10+ seats left
  • Nov 02 10+ seats left

Scandinavia Explorer Tour

  • Starts Oslo, Norway

Scandinavia Explorer

  • Activities Countryside and village visits & Cultural, religious and historic sites Countryside and village visits , Cultural, religious and historic sites , Museum and gallery visits & Natural landmarks sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='3059'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Hut
  • Transport Train, Bus, Private Vehicle, Boat & Ferry
  • Brochure Price: US$ 6,850
  • Special Deal (25%): - US$ 1,712
  • Total Price from: US$ 5,138
  • Jun 29 Only 7 seats left
  • Jul 06 Only 9 seats left

Baltic Experience Tour

  • Ends Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic Experience

  • Activities Countryside and village visits & Cultural, religious and historic sites Countryside and village visits , Cultural, religious and historic sites , National parks , Museum and gallery visits & Adventure 'data-more-tripid='3058'>+3 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Home-stay
  • Transport Ferry, Train, Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,405
  • Special Deal (10%): - US$ 341
  • Total Price from: US$ 3,064
  • Jun 29 Only 1 seat left
  • Jul 03 Only 6 seats left

New Year's In Finland - 7 Days Tour

New Year's in Finland - 7 Days

  • Activities Festivals and events & Snowmobiling Festivals and events , Snowmobiling , Skiing and Snowboarding & Dog sledding 'data-more-tripid='16050'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Dec 27 10+ seats left

Lapland & Husky Highlights - 5 Days Tour

Lapland & Husky Highlights - 5 Days

  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,935
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 387
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,548
  • Nov 19 10+ seats left

Cross-Country Skiing In Lapland Tour

  • Starts Akaslompolo, Finland
  • Ends Akaslompolo, Finland

Cross-Country Skiing in Lapland

  • Activities Winter adventure & Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Age Range 12-99 yrs
  • Dec 01 Only 8 seats left
  • Dec 02 Only 8 seats left

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Winter is a good time to plan a holiday to Finland

Spending holidays in Finland is like visiting a winter wonderland. However, this northern European nation rarely gets the attention it deserves. Finland is one of the most outstanding and breath-taking countries in the world. In winter, its snow-covered forests, frozen valleys, and endless horizons will transport you to a fairy-tale world. During the summer, tree lines as far as the eye can see, clear blue skies, and untouched lakes will make you want to stay forever. A trip to Finland needs to be in your travel bucket list if it isn’t already. Don’t miss out on some of the most breath-taking landscapes on earth. 

Travel Highlights

  • Visit Suomenlinna, which is an 18th century sea fortress and a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Visit Helsinki Senate Square, a must-see in every visit to Helsinki.
  • Rovaniemi is the “official” home of Santa Claus, and a mere one hour flight from Helsinki .
  • Högberget’s Cave is another outstanding sight that was formed during an ice age.
  • The Legendary Gold Fields of Lapland is full of myths and adventure.

Travel Tips

  • Finland is the land of saunas. It would be a crime to not seek one out while visiting. The country claims to have roughly 3.5 million saunas in all of Finland, which is equivalent to a sauna for every 1.6 people.
  • Thanks to the strong influences from Sweden and Russia, Finnish architecture is one of the most breath-taking ones in Europe. Go for a walk around Helsinki and admire the architecture, especially works by Alvar Aalto.
  • If you’re looking to connect with nature, there’s no better place than Finland. Pack appropriately and head out to the Finnish archipelago for an amazing experience.
  • If you’re not planning on driving, then it’s a good idea to obtain a Rail Pass while in Finland. These passes could save you quite a bit on transportation, and help you get around the country easily.
  • For those who want to visit Finland on a budget, opt for the Fall and Winter months. Prices at these times are, as you might expect, much cheaper than the high season. Frozen Finnish landscapes are truly mesmerizing, which makes it absolutely worth it.
  • If you’re hunting for northern lights, then the winter months are the best times to visit. Sign up for a northern light safari, and go out hunting for northern lights on a snowmobile!

Finland has seasonal weather so please do check up on best time to visit Finland before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Finland, do check out our Finland Travel Guide for more information.

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Safe and friendly Finland is perfect for family vacations, providing families with a wide range of options to guarantee a holiday that can be as relaxed or as exciting as they choose. Whether you choose to stay in one of the cities or towns, or to venture out into the sparsely populated countryside, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options and more than enough fun things to do.

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In winter Lapland attracts visitors from around the world, as families bring the kids to visit Santa Claus in his own village, enjoy the underground adventure of SantaPark , visit the incredible ice-built SnowCastle in Kemi or Snow Village in Lainio, take rides on sleighs pulled by huskies or reindeer, or enjoy skiing, snow-boarding, or snowmobile treks. Families can choose to stay in luxurious hotels, cosy chalets, or even pass the night in an igloo!

However, the versatility of Finland as a holiday destination for families is really evident in the summer, especially for those who relish the outdoors and want to enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, a country with no fewer than 37 National Parks. Camping sites abound, all of them excellently equipped and usually adjacent to a lake where swimming and boating activities are readily available. Finland also has countless cottages for rent, usually within an hours drive of a town yet still in almost total peace and isolation.

Finland also has 4 zoos , over 60 smaller animal parks and petting zoos, 3 aquariums and sea life centres, and 14 theme and amusement parks, many of which are water parks. A country with over 188,000 lakes, and a coastline of around 1,250 km, offers plenty of swimming beaches, made all the more tempting by the temperature of the water which is surprisingly warm by the end of June.

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The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Finland

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Are you in search of the perfect family vacation that combines adventure, relaxation, and quality time with your loved ones? But is planning a trip too much of a hassle? Well, we have analyzed all of the best organized all-inclusive family-friendly tours for Finland based on key criteria such as guest ratings, prices, tour length, and of course, kid-friendly activities for children under 18. The mission of the selected tours below is to ensure that your family's vacation is not only enjoyable but also stress-free, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: creating unforgettable memories together. Simply sit back, relax, and cherish the moments spent together as you explore the beauty that Finland has to offer. So why wait? Book one of these amazing tour packages today and get ready to create lifelong memories as you explore the wonders of Finland together with your loved ones.

  • Autumn Adventure in Kuusamo 6 Days, $320.91
  • Self-guided Canoe Expedition in Lapland 6 Days, $857.54
  • Canoe Expedition for families in Finnish Lapland 6 Days, $1501.50

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  • 14 trip options analyzed
  • $416 average price per day (USD)
  • 5 to 10 days in length
  • 4.82 of 5 average rating
  • 20 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of family-friendly tours? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.82 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 20 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 5 days, while the longest is 10 days. As for physical activity options, the tours are thoughtfully categorized as easy and moderate, with the most being easy. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 14 family-friendly tours, you can rest assured that Finland has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

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The 10 Best Family-Friendly Tours in Finland

Autumn adventure in kuusamo.

  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for family-friendly tours.

This exceptional trip offering by Adventure Apes has received a 4.8 out of 5 rating. On this 6-day journey you can unwind while also making new memories. You'll start and end this amazing trip in Kuusamo. With a group size of 23 people, it's suitable for travelers from 15 and up. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $53 per day.

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Self-guided Canoe Expedition in Lapland

  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Check out this journey that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 5 out of 5 rating. Rovaniemi will be both the start and end of your journey. Spanning across 6 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 6 participants, and it's great for travelers from 10 and up. Brought to you by the renowned Adventure Apes , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $143 per day - an unbeatable value.

Canoe Expedition for families in Finnish Lapland

This 6-day trip is ideal for travelers from 10 and up. And priced at only $250 per day, it's a great value, too. Your adventure starts and ends in Rovaniemi. It's offered by Adventure Apes , a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

Lapland & Husky Highlights - 5 Days

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Priced at just $329 per day, this terrific 5-day voyage is ideal for travelers from 5 and up. Rovaniemi will be the beginning and end of your trip. Organized by the reputable On The Go Tours , this is one of the best tours on this list. It's currently on a special discounted offer.

Aurora Borealis & Glass Igloo

Check out this incredible trip that has received a 4.8 out of 5 rating from previous guests. With a duration of 5 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 34 people, and is good for travelers from 3 to 90 years old. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Rovaniemi. This fantastic option, organized by V.O.S – Vision of Scandinavia , presents an unbeatable value at just $356 per day.

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Self Drive Family Summer Adventure

Spanning over 8 days, this journey has a maximum size of 10 individuals. Welcoming travelers from 6 and up, it is organized by Adventure Apes , a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. This trip visits 8 destinations, including Ranua, Syote National Park, Hossa, and Kuusamo along the way. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Rovaniemi. Available at an unbeatable price of only $322 per day, this option also has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer - 5 Days

  • On Sale: 13% Off See Prices

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional voyage that has garnered a 5 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 5 days, this jouney will have 30 participants, and it warmly welcomes travelers from 5 and up. Rest assured, this trip is all about wildlife and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. Expertly organized by On The Go Tours , this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $406 per day. Act now to take advantage of the special sale price!

Baltic Beauties: Helsinki and Tallinn Tour

This memorable journey, visiting Finland and Estonia, is offered by Carisa Travel Group which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $333 per day. Helsinki marks the starting point, while Tallinn stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around local culture and family-friendly activities. The maximum group size is 22 people, welcoming travelers from 4 and up.

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Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 4.6 out of 5 stars by previous guests. With a duration of 8 days, this journey offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 9 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to travelers from 9 and up. Kuusamo will be both the start and end of your journey. Brought to you by Exodus Travels , this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $459 per day.

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Northern Lights of Scandinavia (Classic, 10 Days)

With this option you can experience an unparalleled journey for 10 unforgettable days, visiting Finland and Norway. It ensures an intimate group setting with 40 participants at most. This trip takes you on an adventure to 6 destinations, including Alta, Tromso, Ivalo, and Honningsvag. Helsinki will mark the start of your journey, while Oslo will serve as its final destination. Insight Vacations , the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests travelers from 5 and up. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $539 per day.

See also The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Finland , Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Finland , The Best Christmas & New Years Tours in Finland , The Best Coach Bus Tours in Finland , The Best Adventure Tours to Finland , The Best Eco Tours in Finland , The Best Thrill-Seeking Tours in Finland , The Best Sightseeing Tours in Finland , The Best Cultural Tours in Finland , The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Finland , The Best Polar Tours & Cruises in Finland , The Best Northern Lights Tours in Finland , The Best Tours Under $1000 in Finland , The Best Luxury Tours to Finland , The Best Budget Tours to Finland , or The Best Tours for Seniors to Finland for more tour ideas. With so many options, there's a guided tour or vacation package for every type of traveler.

Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Helsinki , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Rovaniemi , or The Best 10-Day Tours from Helsinki for more package tour options.

How much do family-friendly tours to Finland cost?

After analyzing 14 family-friendly tours in Finland, we found the average price to be a remarkably economical $416 per day. Naturally, this region has many fantastic options for family-friendly tours with a variety of prices. The individual costs will vary by the destinations, travel style, available dates, and other factors. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in Finland .

And for more information on Finland, see Finland Travel Costs and Finland Hotel Costs .

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A Fantastic Finland Winter Itinerary For Families


A young boy wearing a winter jacket and hat stands in front of a sign reading "My Helsinki", the first city on our Finland winter itinerary for families.

A fantastic family trip awaits you in Finland! From historic cities and quaint medieval towns to untamed nature and iconic experiences like meeting Santa in his homeland, this Nordic country offers a wide variety of quality fun for all. Whether you want to experience history, art, and culture in a major city center or escape into the wilderness to hike, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, Finland is a super flexible country, with each season offering its own unique perks. Not sure how to tackle everything that Finland has to offer? Here, we suggest a perfect, customizable itinerary to make the most of your trip. Starting in Helsinki, we’ve compiled the best things to do, see, and experience in Finland with kids, including a trip to Lapland. Keep reading for our Fantastic Finland Winter Itinerary For Families! 

Day 1: Roam Helsinki’s City Center

Two kids play in a Viking-inspired exhibit at Children's Town in Helsinki, a must stop on our Finland winter itinerary for families.

A Finland winter itinerary for families should start with a stop in Helsinki, the country’s biggest city. From countless museums to history, culture, and great food, there’s so much to discover in this urban paradise! First, familiarize yourself with the city center, which is very compact and walkable. We suggest visiting the Helsinki City Museum for a background on the city. Inside, you’ll even find Children’s Town , a free children’s museum. Step back in time, play like a pirate, and put on a stage show – complete with costumes!

Afterward, families can visit nearby Senate Square and see some lovely architecture or browse the stalls in Market Square . For a different panorama, check out the SkyWheel . It offers views high over the city and along the south coast of Finland. To extend the fun, add on a virtual cinema tour of the city and country.

Two young boys in winter jackets stand in front of the Sebelius Monument.

If you still have energy after all that, you can shop till you drop in the historic Stockmann City Center . It features Finnish and international designers, plus a toy section for kids! If you want to see the best highlights of Helsinki, you can also check out a Hop On, Hop Off bus tour. It gives a brief history of the city and highlights like the Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, and the Botanic Garden – plus a stop halfway through to stretch little legs! 

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Day 2: Explore Nearby Forts and Seasonal Activities

An aerial view of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, surrounded by water, a must stop on our Finland winter itinerary for families.

On your second day in Helsinki, explore some historical sites in and around the city. First, take the ferry across the harbor to Suomenlinna , a sea fortress built in the 18th century. Utilized by Russia, Sweden, and Finland, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers plenty of activities for the whole family. Kids will love roaming around the snowy paths and seeing the cannons, and there are also a few cafes to stop in. Plus, six museums , including a military museum open all year! 

Depending on when you plan your Finland winter itinerary for families, consider some additional fun appropriate for the season. In the winter, Korkeasaari Zoo brings families up close to wolverines, forest reindeer, Amur tigers, and Bactrian camels – all species adapted to extreme cold. 

Looking for a tour? Viator offers a Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour!

Day 3: Plan a Day Trip Outside of the Capital

A magical winter wonderland along a street in Porvoo, lit up with Christmas lights.

While Helsinki is undoubtedly a charming city, there is so much more nearby that families can explore. Consider Porvoo , one of six medieval towns in Finland, which is about thirty minutes outside the city. Its iconic, red-painted waterfront houses, charming streets, kid-friendly parks, and quaint shopping and dining are a nice escape from the bigger city.

For nature lovers, Nuuksio National Park , also a half hour from Helsinki, transports families into a beautiful winter landscape, with snow-capped trees, frozen lakes, and craggy rocks. Several areas are accessible via wheelchair and stroller, too.

Optional: Day Trip to Estonia

A colorful Estonian town surrounded by trees, an optional side trip on our Finland winter itinerary for families.

Families visiting Finland can also consider a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia. Three ferry lines run up to 12 times a day from Helsinki and transport families to this fairytale-like city. One option is to explore the many medieval castles and fortresses. Kids will love getting a glimpse into the city’s rich history as you explore the charming streets of the Medieval Old Town. It’s home to historic landmarks and several cute cafes. Children will also love seeing all the action in Town Hall Square!

Depending on when you visit in the winter, the city often hosts festive events like Christmas markets. Families can also enjoy visiting one of the many museums in Tallinn, like the Estonian Maritime Museum or the KGB Museum. Another great activity is to take a ride up the Tallinn TV Tower for unbeatable views of the cityscape covered in snow!

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Optional: Take in the Beauty of Tampere

The exterior piazza of Tampere.

Some families travel from Helsinki straight to Finland’s Lapland region. However, if you have extra time, it’s worth stopping in between. Break up your trip and experience more of this beautiful country! Around two hours north of Helsinki, Tampere is a laidback, medium-sized city accessible by train and offers families a ton of things to do.

From the enclosed Market Hall, the biggest in the country, to the Tampere Cathedral , start your exploration in the charming city center. Tampere is also particularly renowned for its selection of unique and interesting museums. Check out the Moomin Museum , which has interactive exhibits dedicated to popular Finnish cartoon characters. Afterward, families can explore other great options nearby. Visit The Lenin Museum , housed in the building where Lenin and Stalin met in 1905. Or, The Tampere Art Museum and the Spy Museum.  

Of course, remember to check out the city’s biggest kid-friendly attraction: Särkänniemi . It’s one of Finland’s best theme parks and is also open in the winter, featuring an aquarium, a superpark, and more.

Day 4: Travel to Rovaniemi for Reindeer Rides and Snowmobiling

Left Image: A family of four stands with Santa in Lapland. Right Image: A young boy sits on a blue snowmobile in Lapland, a must stop on our our Finland winter itinerary for families.

Finland’s Lapland region is popular with families for a reason: there’s just so much to do! When planning a Finland winter itinerary for families, many travelers fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the region’s capital. Known for being the “official” home of Santa Claus, this bustling city features everything you need to enjoy a vacation, including vibrant downtown.

To explore the city center before branching out into outer Rovaniemi, take a trip to one of the many museums. Art lovers can’t miss the Rovaniemi Art Museum while science geeks may prefer the Arktikum , a museum exploring the Arctic and the history of Finnish Lapland. Nearby, kids can also learn more about Finland’s forests and the efforts to preserve them at The Science Center Pike.

Located around 15 minutes from downtown, families can’t miss Santa Claus Village , a one-stop shop for lodging, regional activities, shopping, and meeting Santa! Kids will love exploring the property in all its Christmas-themed glory, and they can even see where Santa receives all his letters. Of course, taking a reindeer ride through the trees is a must to experience the beauty of Finland. There’s also a snowmobiling track available for kids four and up. Plus, snowmobiling tours for older kids usually last several hours. (Tour companies generally offer transportation to and from your lodging.) Even if you’re not visiting Finland in the winter, you can see reindeer year-round at Santa Claus Village . Or, slightly further out for a more extended experience (they’ll pick you up!). 

If you’re planning a Finland vacation, check out our Winter In Lapland: The Ultimate Itinerary For Families ! 

Viator offers Arctic Delight – Visit Santa’s Village and Snowmobile to Reindeer Farm tour if you’re looking for a tour.

Day 5: Wander Through Santa’s Secret Forest (Joulukka) 

Santa knocks on a large door in the Santa Claus Secret Forest in Joulukka, Finland.

If you’re looking for a unique and memorable holiday experience in Rovaniemi, add Santa Clause Secret Forest to your Finland winter itinerary for families. Also known as Joulukka , this popular destination provides families with an unforgettable adventure in Lapland all year round. However, it’s especially popular in the winter, when lots of families visit and tour the property in small groups.

Of course, there are tons of activities to do with kids, including meeting Santa Claus himself! They can also see the toy factory, visit Santa’s secret command center, try gingerbread cookie baking, or drink hot chocolate heated on an open fire. Families can also go on a guided tour of the forest, which is a great way to learn about the history and legends of Joulukka. Finally, guests can even arrive at Joulukka with a reindeer ride across the frozen lake!

Day 6: Experience the Magic of SantaPark

Santa and two elves discuss Christmas at SantaPark in Finland.

Are you looking for somewhere climate controlled in Rovaniemi? Try a fun day indoors at SantaPark, a great Christmas theme park open during the holiday season (mid-November through early January)! Children and adults alike will enjoy the abundance of activities available here, from crafts to exciting performances. Of course, one of the main attractions is Santa Claus himself, who greets visitors and gives out presents.

Still, there are plenty of other things to do with kids, from visiting the elf school to mailing holiday greetings from the post office. Kids can also decorate cookies, chill out in the ice gallery, and so much more! Occasionally, the park hosts live shows, like the Elf Show, which is filled with unbelievable stunts. There’s also a magic train ride that loops around the property. Plus, an on-site restaurant offers food everyone will enjoy! 

Day 7: Cruise the Frozen Seas in Kemi

The Ferenc Janni Sampo moves through frozen water off-shore from Finland.

When planning a Finland winter itinerary for families, Rovaniemi is a fantastic home base for taking day trips around the Lapland region. Around an hour and a half by train, families can visit Kemi’s small yet fascinating town. Though there isn’t a ton to see in Kemi, it boasts a quaint, walkable city center and an escape from bigger tourist destinations. It’s a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the friendly ambiance as you stroll through historic cobblestone streets.

First, stop at landmarks like the Kemi Cathedral, then continue to the harbor, where kids can watch boats zip by, and parents can appreciate the stunning sunset. In the winter, the town harbor is home to the famous SnowCastle , a fairytale-like attraction built entirely out of snow and ice. Take a picture of the spooky face on the outside and let kids get lost in its chilly corridors! 

Another big reason families visit Kemi in the winter is to take a ride on the world-renowned Ice Breaker Sampo . Since this area in Lapland is one of few places where the sea freezes over completely in the winter, it offers tourists a chance to cruise through the Gulf of Bothnia on a retired icebreaker. In the process, you’ll get a unique tour and learn more about the area and the actual ship. Kids will love exploring the vessel and seeing all its hidden nooks and crannies during the excursion. Best of all, you get to suit up and jump into the frozen sea. This is truly the adventure of a lifetime! 

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Day 8: Enjoy the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine and Sledding or Hiking

The entrance to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine covered in the snow during winter.

Families who want another unique day trip from Rovaniemi should head to Pyhä-Luosto National Park, just 90 minutes away. Gem lovers are in for a real treat at the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, which features gems formed millions of years ago! In the winter, you can take a “snow train” to reach the mines. It’s a perfect place to learn about the amethyst from local experts as you tour the fascinating cave. Remember to take in the natural beauty around you as you navigate with a headlamp and hard hat for extra safety. Then, kids get a chance to dig for their own stones to take home! You’ll get to take a bag of the crystals home with you, but there is also a gift shop where they can buy jewelry and other souvenirs.

Families who opt not to rent a car can get to and from the mines via the ski bus. After you head back to your lodging in Rovaniemi, grab a sled and zoom down any of the nearby hills in winter. At most resorts, and Santa Claus Village, in particular, sleds are plentiful and available for guests’ use on-site.

Book your tour in Finland with confidence here with Viator!

Day 9: See Ranua Wildlife Park and the Northern Lights

Two polar bears nuzzle in the snow in Finland.

Animal lovers will truly appreciate a day with arctic birds and mammals at Ranua Wildlife Park , which has 50 varieties of animals on-site. Located about an hour south of Rovaniemi, this renowned zoo is accessible by car or local bus and is definitely worth the stop. (Some tour companies also offer stops here from Rovaniemi, but some are overpriced.) Specializing in arctic animals, it offers families a chance to get up close with brown and polar bears, appreciate the cooky beauty of the various owls, or watch the reindeer in action. In the winter, little ones will love being pulled around the park on a sled! Tickets and guided tours can be purchased ahead of time online, and children under 4 are free. 

Visiting between mid-August and early April? When the weather cooperates, families can take a Northern Lights safari. Little travelers may find it too late, but we highly suggest it for everyone else. Your children will watch in awe as the night sky fills with bright colors and offers an unforgettable backdrop during your family trip to Lapland!  

Also read : Best Places To Travel In December With Your Family

More Options for Your Finnish Itinerary

A young girl in winter gear sits on a snowbank with a sled and a dog in a wintery Finland landscape.

Rovaniemi isn’t the only place to have a magical adventure in Finland’s Lapland. The region has many additional places to visit if you want to hop around or have more time to spend on your Finland winter itinerary for families! For avid skiers, Levi is the largest ski region in Finland and has some of the best runs in the country. Even further north are Ivalo and Saariselkä, ideal for nature lovers who want a more remote arctic experience. Kittilä, Ylläs , and nearby Äkäslompolo offer beautiful winter escapes as well. Visiting a nearby city is a great way to round out your Finland winter itinerary for families!

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Where to Stay in Helsinki and Rovaniemi With Kids

A father and his two sons pose in front of a large sign for Santa's Village.

Are you wondering where to stay during your Finland winter itinerary for families? Helsinki offers an array of family-friendly places to rest and recharge. Consider the Scandic Grand Central Helsinki or Scandic Park Helsinki , where kids 12 and under stay free; the latter even has a pool and sauna! Get a little taste of northern Finland at Lapland Hotels Bulevardi . It’s centrally located and families can enjoy free breakfast. Need more space? Aallonkoti Apartments offers multi-bedroom units right by the main train station.

In Rovaniemi, Santa Claus Holiday Village is a popular place for families. The one-bedroom units with a small kitchen allow you more space and amenities; some suites are also available at Nova Skyland Hotel . Both are steps from the activities in Santa Claus Village. A bit further afield, Arctic SnowHotel and Santas Glass Igloos both offer clear views of the night sky from the comfort of your igloo. Or, go for something in the heart of Rovaniemi, which offers countless restaurants (Cafe Bar 21 serves waffles all day!). Stay near a science center, a playground, and more at the family-friendly Santa’s Holiday Homes. 

Happy Travels!

A dad and his young son pose while sitting on a sled, with a reindeer behind them, a must-do experience on our Finland winter itinerary for families.

We hope you liked this Fantastic Finland Winter Itinerary For Families! Whether city or countryside, historic or modern, fairytale-filled wonder or modern marvels, you will be sure to have a great trip. Enjoy this Nordic country with your family!

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Finland with Kids: 33 Things that Help You Plan a Finland Family Trip!

There are a couple of things in which we Finns are exceptionally talented. For example, not minding the weather, making cinnamon buns and enjoying stress-free family holidays.

The traditional Finnish vacation includes packing all family members into the car and driving to the cabin for the whole duration of the holiday. That is often as long as four weeks in the summer. Yup!

I have written this Finland with Kids Guide to help you experience Finland as a family with less hassle and more fun! I’ll be sharing my lessons learned when traveling with three kids.

Oh, I’d love it if you would follow me on Instagram! That way I could easily add more Finland tips to your life!

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So what’s in this guide?

First, a few words why Finland is such a fantastic destination for families . I’ll continue with some family holiday planning tips and share some Finland details you are happy to know in advance.

Then, I’ll dive into family-friendly destinations and how to do a Finland family holiday on a budget. Lastly, I’ll talk about kidswear during the wintertime.

Table of Contents

Seven Reasons Why You Should Travel to Finland with Kids

  • Know Your Vacation Goals and Budget 
  • Start the Preparation Early 
  • Finish One Thing Before Starting a New One 

How to Choose the Activities for Your Finland Visit

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#1 Finland is exotic .

For me, traveling is learning. Learning about the destination and learning about myself.  Finland can give your family wonderful discussions. The arctic nature and the local lifestyle will spark questions and curiosity.

#2 Finland is safe .

Finland ranks very high in many metrics, including safety which is an essential factor when traveling with kids.  Last year, Finland was named the safest country in the world for tourists by a biennale report by World Economic Forum. 

#3 Finland is clean .

Air quality in Finland is the best in the world, according to WHO.  As Finland is ‘the land of a thousand lakes,’ it isn’t a surprise that our tap water is top-class. In fact, Finnish tap water is cleaner than bottled water .

#4 Finland is delicious .

Food in Finland is fresh, seasonal and full of flavors. Discover all the traditional Finnish dishes in cafes and restaurants or try a Finnish recipe yourself!

sauteed reindeer - a delicious Finnish dish

#5 Finland is child-friendly.

The facilities and infrastructure make it super easy to travel with kids.

First of all, walking with a pram is effortless in Finland. In general, towns don’t have many stairs, hills or cobblestone. If you are traveling with a baby, it’s great to know that nursing is okay everywhere.

At grocery stores , there are fantastic baby departments full of organic and healthy ready-made foods, diapers, feeding bottles and other practical products.

Toilet facilities are enough spacious and kept very clean. You can find a baby-changing station almost everywhere.  I always keep a disposable diaper changing matt with me, just in case.

#6 Finland is easy.

It’s comfortable to move from place to place with excellent public transport and no-jam roads. Communication is easy because Finns understand English extremely well.

#7 Finland is punctual .

Travel planning and sticking with your plans is a breeze because everything works as agreed. Period.


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Planning Your Trip to Finland with Kids: Five Essential Tips

Know your vacation goals and budget  .

I know that sounds business-y, but when you think about it, you always have a goal of some sort when you travel.

What is your goal for this family holiday in Finland?

Are you trying to show your family the Finnish lifestyle?

If so, then your budget can be relatively small. The Finnish lifestyle type holiday includes a self-drive, self-catering destination with a lot of family time playing games, reading and relaxing – all inexpensive hobbies.

Or, do you want to see the best of everything in a week in Finland?

Then your trip might involve two destinations: maybe Helsinki and a more northern destination to which you fly. You might want to try some unique activities like snowmobiling, husky rides, and amazing Finnish local cuisine.

Whatever your plan, make sure you know it. Then crunch numbers and make a rough budget. 

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Start the Preparation Early  

Stress usually arrives when you have too much to do and too little time.

Add huge expectations (Often set up by yourself, nobody else) of organizing the perfect holiday and BANG , you’ve got SUPER stress … Does this sound familiar? 

Don’t try to double check all arrangements and pack the last day.

There’s a lot to remember: flights, accommodation, transportation, printing of all kinds of papers (maps, reservations, etc.), passports, travel insurance, money, credit cards and packing.   

Finish One Thing Before Starting a New One  

When the kids are running around and screaming, completing a task from start to finish sometimes feels as unlikely as winning a marathon. 

But in travel planning, finishing a task is crucial. You save time when you only do things once and avoid the disaster of forgetting.

Here is an example. Last spring, before our vacation in Lapland, I almost, unintentionally, canceled our rented cabin because I forgot to pay the separate ‘end bill’.

When I booked the cottage, I paid 20% of the rental fee and the company sent me a bill via email. I read the email thinking that I should pay it immediately. Next minute, I started playing with my daughter and had forgotten the whole thing.

Weeks later, the situation occurred to me when I applied my method of “double checking everything early.” Oh, the amount of cold sweat on my back when I made this discovery! Luckily the date of the bill was on the same day. 

So, in any task, follow up the whole process at once if you can. Set calendar reminders for things you can’t do immediately so they don’t slip your mind.

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In my opinion, there are two rules here.

The first rule: don’t try to do too much. The second rule: pick the activities according to kids’ age.

There are two clear signs when you have planned too much. Either: 

You’re an evening zombie. You are so exhausted in the evening that after the kids are asleep, you only have the energy to hang out on social media or watch TV. Don’t forget your spouse on a family vacation! 

You’re an annoyed martyr. You get irritated when your family cannot stick to your plan. In resentment, you think that they are missing out on stuff you so carefully planned.

Don’t plan too much!

Now, about the second rule; picking the activities according to kids’ age.

If you’re traveling with a toddler, animals are a sure trick to make one happy child. In Finland, we have a lot of petting zoos and farm parks scattered across the country.

When traveling with school-age children and teenagers, I recommend renting bikes or going to adventure parks. There are many adventure forest parks in Finland where you get to climb on trees with sky tracks and zip-lines. I think my hubby and I love them as much as the kids.

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Did you know that most Finnish cities have inexpensive city bikes during the summer? Also, many hotels rent or loan bikes!

This is my engineer side talking. I honestly think that if you can outsource anything from your brain, you should.

That’s why, a travel packing list is a no-brainer (hahah). Most likely, you’ll need it pretty often and it’s risky to rely on your memory to remember every tiny detail. Especially if you are packing for yourself and the kids. 

Furthermore, you can use the unoccupied brain power to connect with your family, stay present or solve more fun issues.

Lastly, it saves you a lot of time in destination when you have everything with you. Just consider the amount of stress that hits you when you realize that you have forgotten the pills for your motion sick kid and are just about to hop on a cruise boat.

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As a parent, these tips are great to know before you visit Finland .

#1 Personal space

Finns give plenty of personal space to both adults and kids. We love children but keep our distance unless the children in question are members of our family.   

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#2 Road safety

When you are walking or cycling with kids, it’s important to know that Finnish drivers might not stop when they see a pedestrian near a road crossing. It’s not uncommon that you have to wait for a car to stop.

The law requires that all kids under 135 cm must have a child car seat. The only exceptions are taxis and buses. If you want, you can pre-order a taxi with a child or baby car seat for a special price (z. 10€).

Note that not all Finnish long-distance buses have seat belts. You can take your own child car seat with you but there’s no guarantee that you can attach it to the seat. Usually, Finnish families with a baby take the train because of the toilet facilities and comfortability. 

Read more about driving in Finland on this helpful post!

Credit card works in 99% of places so don’t change a lot of money. Also, tipping is not expected in Finland. You can read more about tipping on this post. 

#4 Accommodation and sauna

Due to our summer cottage culture, Finland is a dream for self-catering vacations. Cooking your own meals and living the local lifestyle can be the most fantastic family holiday ever!

A rented cottage can have a baby crib and toys, just ask to make sure. Naturally, most cabins include a sauna in Finland.

The Finnish health officials instruct that babies under the age of one should not go to the sauna. To my understanding, this is because they aren’t able to sweat properly yet. When a kid is older, it’s safe to go.

My sauna post tells you all about the sauna culture and how to enjoy a sauna in Finland. 

finnish woodburning sauna

#5 Public transport in a city

If you are using a pram, the public transport inside a city is usually free for the pram passenger and one adult. For example, in Helsinki, all trams, buses, and metros are free of charge for the kid in the pram and one adult!

#6 Finnish kids

If you want your kids to play with Finnish kids, take the initiative. Ask the parent and most likely they will encourage their child to play with your kid. Finns probably wouldn’t suggest this because we don’t want to disturb you.

#7 Tap water

You can safely fill your water bottle from any tap, except in a train and bus.

#8 Childcare facilities 

Many public spaces, even some restaurants, have a microwave and a snack area for you to use.

For example, I love how Helsinki City Museum and Oodi Library, both in Helsinki city center, have excellent facilities for kids.

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#9 The polar night in Lapland

I like to read travel forums to see what questions and comments travelers have about Finland.

There aren’t many negatives, but one thing pops up regularly: the darkness of the polar night. I’d like to address this because many families travel to Finland in December due to Santa Claus.

The polar night is most likely a weird, new thing for most travelers. So yes, it’s true that in December and January in Lapland, you only have a couple of hours of twilight midday, around 10 am – 2 pm. So spend them carefully!

I highly recommend planning your activities so that you can enjoy the scenic activities at that time.

As for the rest of the time, let the darkness surround you! Go walking with flashlights, hunt for auroras, play board games, light the fireplace and snuggle on the sofa with hot chocolate. Oh, and, of course, meet Santa!

Facts about Finland include not asking too detailed questions about reindeer!

#1 Travel off-season .

Head to Lapland from April to November. An outdoorsy, winter-loving Finn often picks March or April as the month to visit Lapland.

Our family was in Ylläs last spring and it was a drea m. Wonderful sunny weather, heaps of snow and auroras at night!  

The peak tourist season in southern and central Finland is from June to August. Also, at that time, Finns are spending their holidays.

#2 Choose a cabin.

There are thousands of cabins in Finland. Camping sites and cabins are great, inexpensive accommodations.

#3 Eat outdoors.  

Eating doesn’t have to happen only in a restaurant. Have a picnic in the city park or on the lake shore. Campfire places are awesome too!

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#4 Involve the kids.  

Don’t plant ideas to their head, instead, casually ask what they would like to do in Finland. Chances are, you’ll get fantastic and inexpensive ideas. 

#5 The tiny things.  

Even though you paid for an expensive activity the kids wanted to do, in the end, something else may be the highlight of their trip. So don’t worry if you can’t make all their wishes come true.

Seeing the colossal bulk candy section in a Finnish grocery store may be the memory they remember all their life!

Furthermore, it can be the same for you. For me, the best memory of our family vacation was when my hubby’s son babbled so much to his three-month old little sister that she fell asleep in the middle of his talking marathon.

There are a lot of fantastic places to spend a day with kids in Finland. Here are some ideas for you!

#1 An adventure park

In Finnish: seikkailupuisto. A zip-line park in the forest or park! Our kids love these places more than amusement parks.

Here is a map that has all the adventure parks in Finland. The site is only in Finnish, but I think you can understand the map and place names.

#2 An amusement park

Linnanmäki in Helsinki, Särkänniemi in Tampere, Tykkimäki in Kouvola, PowerPark in Kauhava, Nokkakiven Puisto near Jyväskylä, Santapark in Rovaniemi.

#3 Santa Claus

You can meet Santa Claus in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi every day of the year!

#4 Snow fun

Visit the Snow Castle in Kemi or Lainio Snow Village near Levi.

In the summer, there’s a Moomin world theme park in Naantali, near Turku. You can also find a Moomin museum in Tampere and a dedicated Tove Jansson exhibition in Helsinki (Helsinki Art Museum).

My favorite place as a kid was (read: still is) Heureka Science Center in Vantaa, near Helsinki. If your kid is like Alex Dunphy in the tv-show ‘Modern Family’, I recommend this place with all my heart.

I highly recommend visiting a Finnish forest at least once. No matter where you are in Finland, if you ask, locals are happy to give you a recommendation which place to check out.

If you are in Helsinki, a fantastic combo is to take a bus to the Finnish Nature Center “Haltia” next to Nuuksio national park and then walk in the national park. The views are stunning!

In Lapland, visiting a fell top is a must!

Finland summer guide by Her Finland blog

In Finland, we have a saying:  If your feet are warm, your whole body is warm. This is very true.

Proper winter shoes are a must for the Finnish winter. Here’s why: when it’s winter in Finland, the ground can be any of the following:

  • Puddles of slush (the winter days with warmer temperatures)
  • Ice (standard)
  • Slush and ice beneath it (when temperatures change)
  • Black ice (especially in the south)
  • A layer of snow (standard)
  • A pile of snow (until the plough arrives)
  • A meter of snow (think Lappish forest)

Babies and toddlers wear warm winter overalls. Finnish little children and primary school-aged kids wear  warm waterproof slope sets .

The slope sets are so warm that kids wear just their normal clothes underneath. If it is super cold, they wear  a thermal underwear set.

A thick wool beanie and waterproof mittens are necessities when playing in the snow. As kids are hopeless with scarfs, Finnish kids often wear neckwarmers  or face masks on the coldest days.

What are your best family holiday tips? I’d love to know, share them in the comments!

Looking for more information about Finland travel planning and packing? Check these other posts:

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Ps. Family holiday pictures are precious! The sunny day with my daughter and granny was photographed by Vilma, who is a brilliant family photographer in Helsinki.  

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Thursday 19th of March 2020

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Finland has pleasant summers, with July being the warmest month (temperatures usually average around 15°C).

Outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking and fishing are popular during summer and spring.

In Lapland midsummer is also the time of the midnight sun, a phenomenon where the sun barely sets.

Winter runs from November to March and during this time expect plenty of snowfall - perfect for skiing, snow boarding, snowshoeing and sledding. With temperatures regularly hitting -20°C, Finland's winters are particularly cold, so pack accordingly if travelling at this time.

Geography and environment

Finland is home to large tracts of forest, a multitude of pure lakes and hundreds of islands, making it one of nature's most blessed landscapes.

The north of Finland (known as Lapland) is characterised by relatively flat terrain, demarcated by long rivers and due to its Arctic location, extreme snowfall and ice can be found, particularly in winter.

Bordering   Sweden ,   Norway   and   Russia , Finland also has long stretches of coastline along the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia.

The coastal areas are home to thousands of rocky islands (which are mostly uninhabited) while the interior of the country is dominated by forests and lakes.

Top 5 culinary delights of Finland

1. karelian pasty.

This traditional, savoury pie can be found widely throughout Finland. Featuring a rye crust filled with rice and served with egg and butter, this is a simple yet tasty snack ideal for vegetarians.

Finland is home to some of the world's best fresh produce, and the variety of berries on offer is astounding. Blessed with ideal climatic conditions for berry-growing, visitors can expect to snap up superior tasting, fresh cloudberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and lingonberries, See them offered fresh at markets and shops, served alongside meals in sauces, jams and spreads or baked in delicious pies.

3. Kaalikaaryleet

These baked cabbage rolls are a standard entry on most Finnish restaurant menus. Featuring ground beef, rice, onion and cream wrapped in cabbage rolls and served with cranberry or lingonberry sauce, they may be hard to pronounce but they sure are easy to eat.

4. Graavilohi

Finland has a proud heritage steeped in fishing, so it's no surprise that the quality of seafood is very high. This simple meal of salted salmon doesn't need any dressings or condiments as the pure, natural flavours of the salmon are the main attraction.

These sweet bread treats have numerous varieties, from cinnamon, to almonds and raisins. Typically eaten with a coffee, pulla are an inexpensive cafe snack - a great, budget choice in a notoriously expensive country.

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Public holidays that may impact travel include:.

Ascension Day

Whit Sunday

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Please note that the dates of  Finland's public holidays  may vary.

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Is tipping customary in Finland?

Tipping isn't customary or expected in Finland and is generally left up to the discretion of the customer. If the service in a café or restaurant is exceptional, feel free to leave spare change or a small tip.

What is the internet access like in Finland?

Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafés and Wi-Fi hot spots in Finland's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.

Can I use my mobile phone while in Finland?

As the home of Nokia, mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Finland. Travellers should activate global roaming before leaving home.

What are the toilets like in Finland?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Finland.

Can I drink the water in Finland?

Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Finland?

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels in Finland. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

What is ATM access like in Finland?

ATMs are commonly found in Finland's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

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