VISIT FINLAND

“In Helsinki, the sea is always nearby. You can easily enjoy nature and urban life here on your holiday. Without needing your boat, you can take advantage of the many islands near the shore with day cruises—and even public bus tickets are valid on these boats! Suomenlinna Island, one of Finland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a 20-minute ride away. There are several restaurants on the island, and most of them have boats. In addition, they run an hourly shuttle service to transport people between the islands.”

In addition to mentioning Rock Church, the Lutheran Cathedral, and the Orthodox Cathedral, we’ll also tell you about some of the excellent museums in Helsinki. And since you’re probably going to get hungry while walking around exploring the city, we’ll give you our top picks for restaurants too.

Helsinki is a walking and bikeable metropolis. Inna bakes around Inna bikes year-round, suggesting you settle downtown for easy access to all the attractions. Getting away from it all to enjoy nature in one of the Finish National Parks nearby is also suggested by Inna. But, of course, a stay in Finland isn’t complete without a sauna.

Language in Finland

As you may know, there are three official languages in Finland. Finnish and Swedish are both widely spoken, with the third being Sami which is mostly used in Lapland by less than 0.5% of the population. However, don’t fret–English is also frequently spoken, so language barriers shouldn’t be a problem for visitors! That said, learning some local phrases will certainly make locals more receptive to you as they can tend to be shy initially. Here are some key Finnish words and phrases to get you started:

  • Kiitos = Thank You
  • Minä haluan = I want
  • Anteeksi = Sorry
  • Out = Beer
  • Moi = Hi
  • Moi Moi = Bye

In certain regions, you’ll notice signage in both Finnish and Swedish. Additionally, some towns may have a different name when represented in Swedish. For example, Turku is Åbo in Swedish because it was part of Sweden at one point.

Money in Finland

The currency in Finland is the Euro, which comes in various denominations ranging from 500 to 5 Euros. There are also Euro coins, which come in two and one Euro, as well as 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents, and five coins. In Finland, the two-cent and one-cent Euro pieces aren’t used, so if your bill is 98 cents, it will be rounded to one Euro. You may pay with your phone at some shops in Finland.

Safety in Finland

Finland is among the safest countries in the world. My children have only had minor injuries, such as skinned knees from tumbling on the cobblestones and mosquito bites! (If you’re visiting Finland during the winter, keep in mind that the streets might be coated with ice.).

Best Time to Visit Finland

Finland is lovely in the summertime, with long days and nights full of sunlight. On the flip side, winter sees very little light at all-it can be completely dark outside by 10 am! Although Finland’s winters may not seem ideal at first celebration of art, they offer amazing sights like the Aurora Borealis that you won’t want to miss. If you visit during the summer months, keep an eye out for local music festivals around the country!

Getting Around Finland

In Finland, public transportation is excellent both in rural and urban areas. Some trains and buses can take you anywhere you need to go, as well as ferries that go to some island areas. You can easily purchase day passes for trams and trains, which allows you to use them multiple times throughout the day.

Finnair provides flights to Finland from many places, but tourists often take ferries. Various companies offer ferry services to Finland from Sweden, Estonia and Russia. These are commonly used by travellers looking to experience something different or wanting to save money on their journey.

Food in Finland

While the food in Finland might not be the most adventurous, there are some traditional Finnish dishes you should try. If you’re looking for something different, mushrooms and mushroom hunting is very popular in Finland–so anything with a mushroom sauce is bound to be great. Additionally, reindeer is another food commonly found in Finnish grocery stores (and it’s delicious). Lastly, no trip to Finland would be complete without trying their many varieties of fish and excellent dark bread. Be sure to try Salmiakki in Finland—the candy is great! If you want to save money while you’re here, consider eating at one of the local fast food chains. Hesburger is like McDonald’s but so much better! And don’t worry about tipping when you eat—it’s not expected in Finland.

Prices in Finland

Finland is a fairly expensive destination to visit. Hotels and restaurants are rather pricey; I believe they are about 30% more expensive than in the United States. It cost 40 Euros for four crepes and a couple of drinks outside Helsinki. Outside of Helsinki, costs are somewhat cheaper.

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