Finland Travel Guides for Backpackers

A guide to visiting Turku, Finland's old capital

For anybody visiting Finland or Scandinavia Turku is an obvious choice. This beautiful city used to be Finland’s capital before Helsinki and between all the busy cities of Scandinavia, it’s a small haven that has it all: history, nature and culture. It’s easy to reach and easy to get around and even though more and more tourists are finding this small get-away, it’s still an ideal choice for those who want to avoid the crowds. What to see in Turku? Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle Most people who come to Turku know about the Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle and […]
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Åland – the hidden gem of Finland

If you are getting tired of busy urban life, going to Finland is probably a good idea. But instead of visiting the main and well-known destinations like Helsinki or Rovaniemi in beautiful Lapland, you should head for the archipelago in the Baltic Sea, just between Finland and Sweden. It consists of around 6500 islands and skerries but only 60 of them are inhabited. Åland is an autonomous, Swedish speaking part of Finland with its own parliament and even flag. The biggest island is called Fasta Åland, and it is home to 90% of 30,000 inhabitants of Åland. Here, you can […]
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7 Days In Finland? This Is What You Can Do

Hello, This is my guide to Finland, a guide for peoples who come to a vocation in Finland from behind the sea. Here I listed one of the best places and the best things that you can do in Finland. First, let’s get you to know Finland. What is Finland like? What kind of weather there is? What should I wear and when? The city looks a little bit old. But to me, it looks beautiful that way. And if I’m right, Helsinki is the only city with the underground world. There is an underground bus terminal in the Kamppi […]
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72 hours in and around Rovaniemi, Lapland

Who has never dreamt of visiting Santa’s hometown, petting his adorable fellow reindeers and witnessing his loyal elves at work? Three years ago, as I was working in Helsinki, I seized this opportunity of living in Finland to jump on a plane to the ultimate winter wonderland: Rovaniemi, Lapland. Day 1: Exploring Rovaniemi and Lappish Culture Setting a foot in a city is like the first bite of a new dish: you discover a new taste – so get lost! The Candle Bridge. Rovaniemi is not a big city, but it has a couple of nice architectural landmarks. As I […]
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Finland Lapland : Levi the Winter Wonderland

You always go to the same skiing resorts for your winter holidays and you want to try something new? Lapland has all the winter ingredients you like, plus some magic… Why Levi is the place to be in Lapland? You don’t believe anymore in Santa Claus and you’re not a kid willing to meet him? Good, so let’s forget about the busy, crowded Rovaniemi, and go straight to Levi, the biggest skiing resort in Finland which has so much fun to offer. If seeing northern lights is on your bucket list, Levi is perfectly located for it, 170 km above the polar circle. Another special […]
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A Winter Wonderland in Finnish Lapland

Just under 240 km into the Arctic Circle lays a peaceful village called Saariselkä and last winter I was lucky enough to spend 2 months in this magical winter wonderland. Saariselkä is a small village to the north of Finnish Lapland, deep in Sámi country and close to the Russian border. It’s surrounded by kilometers of stunning scenery and magnificent wildlife and makes the perfect place to start your winter adventure. From cross country skiing to mushing your own team of huskies, there is something for everyone in this mystical haven. Throughout this article, I will be sharing my top […]
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What you must do when you visit Finland

“Finland is a country with the best education in the world and it is always cold there.. and what else I can do there?” That is a most common phrase and a question I have been asked as a Finn. But believe me, there are plenty of things to see and do and that’s why I made this list for you. I hope you can enjoy your trip to it’s fullest! Tervetuloa, Welcome to this lovely nordic country Finland!   Visit Helsinki Helsinki might seem a pretty small city to be a capital and yes it is, but besides its […]
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Meeting place for history and nature lovers – Mikkeli.

The city of 50 thousand people where it’s about five minutes from the peaceful city centre to the calming nature of the suburbs might not seem very attractive for international tourists. However, my choice wasn’t based on Trip Advisor or Google findings but on recommendations of Finnish friends I met on Erasmus programme. Etelä-Savo is very popular among Finnish people as it’s not as severe as the north but its weather is not a typical one we might encounter on the south. Clean, peaceful environment with a lot of picturesque lakes and as many hiking paths – that’s how they […]
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A short guide about the Åland-islands

Åland – a weekend on a Scandinavian island Where it is and how to get there: The Åland-islands are more than 6500 mostly small, little tiny  (or better: bits of pieces of land) islands, but also some which are bigger in size. They are located in the Baltic sea and belong to Finland. But being Finnish does not automatically conclude in the residents speaking Finnish since they speak and use Swedish as their main language. Anyway, it is really easy to communicate in English too. The Islands are reachable by ferries which are operating twice a day from both Sweden (Stockholm) […]
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Finland-Valkeakoski, where Extreme Sports are a Lifestyle!

I never thought that I would actually end up in Finland one day, but here I am having an exchange semester and having the time of my life. At first, Valkeakoski might seem as not that much fun, it is a rather small town with no actual mall and covered in snow for about half of the year. However, the activities that you could engage in are those of a lifetime, and the beauty is that you can do them every day while you are here, and never get tired of them. 1. The frozen lake Valkeakoski has two lakes, […]
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Helsinki's Open Air Musem

Helsinki’s Islands If you ever are lucky enough to spend a day in Helsinki, all the guidebooks will recommend you go to Suomenlinna Island, known for hosting a huge fortress and monumental complex which was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1991 for its military interest. You won’t have a hard time finding information about it; it is one of the most beloved sites by the Finnish and it serves as a background for many wedding pictures. However, I dare your adventurous self to take a leap to the opposite side of the city, to the Northern island of Seurasaari. […]
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The Unconventional Winter Walk to the Islands of Helsinki

Helsinki The capital of Finland and its islands at winter time Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the best cities in the world. Feeling a fresh breeze and hearing the cries of seagulls, you realize that this is a city on the sea. It is beautiful at any time of the year, but in winter it has a special gloomy northern charm that you can feel wandering through its streets. You can spend quite a bit of time from the big city to go straight into the wild or to be on an island surrounded by the Baltic […]
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Visit Santa Claus in Lapland

Christmas is coming and If you are fan of traveling during this lovely season, do not forget to visit Santa in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. Close to the cute little airport you’ll find a magical place called Santa's Village. Though you might not believe in Santa Claus (Joulupukki in Finnish) anymore, especially as you’re that one that spends heaps of money at the end of every year on gifts, you'll find it hard not to enjoy all activities this place has to offer. And talk about that white haired and bearded man wearing a red costume for the next few months. It’s a place where dreams do […]
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Helsinki Hietalahti Market Hall: Sundry of Flavours

There's something special about this age-old Market/ Food Hall Over a century old, Hietalahti Market Hall has gone through a lot of changes. Starting as a central trading hall for merchants in the early 1900's until the 1970's, to becoming an all organic market hall for a while and to now as to what most locals and tourists knows, a food hall. Hietalahti Market Hall yields diverse flavours of food cultures all under one roof, to be exact! Our apartment is about 5 minutes away from this market hall and me and my boyfriend would pass by here as often […]
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How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland.

How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland. One of my favorite way and place at this Earth is calm north or Finnish Lapland – home of Aurora Borealis (Northern Light). Now when I traveled through a lot of countries in different way and crossed a few oceans, I still think with warm in my heart about north trips. First trips when I was student and enjoyed any possibility to see something new around. In my next stories will be a lot of information about North, Finland, Antarctica (live from trip in January 2017), Iceland, North cruises […]
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Helsinki: A Stylish City of Finland

DISCOVER A STYLISH CAPITAL CITY OF FINLAND     Helsinki is the capital city of Finland, home to about one in every five Fins. Small, compact and full of style, this waterfront city opens up to the Baltic Sea and bridges Scandinavia to the west and Russia to the east. In fact, forgetting independence a hundred years ago, Finland was caught between the empires of Sweden and Russia. And Helsinki is a product of the push and pull of empire growing up around the floating fortress of Soumenlinna, fifteen minutes by ferry from downtown Helsinki. SO-ONE-MILENA!   “So-one-milena” as it's […]
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Helsinki: the city of moomins

In Finland I had the time of my life. After a 5-hour flight from Romania, this wonderful country proceeded to show me every side of a Nordic region. What puzzled me at first, were the people. Tattooed from head-to-toe, with state-of-the-art hairstyles and with their expensive clothes, they were really impressive works of art. Then, the general wellbeing, the complex yet classy architecture, the apparently national sport-skateboarding. These first impressions created a whole that made me want to explore more, and to find out every detail of this bizarre country. Of course, wandering through the streets of Helnsinki with the […]
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Lahti: the ski jump city.

Home to one of the tallest ski jumps in Finland, Lahti is a small town where everyday Finnish life can be really enjoyed. The city has about 103,200 inhabitants and the downtown city area is quite small. Ski jump in the summer. [single_map_place]https://www.google.com.mx/maps?q=Lahti+map&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjks9LErsTMAhVE9h4KHf2kANkQ_AUIBygB[/single_map_place] Most of the people who inhabit this town live on the outer rim of the city, which is called Hollola. Public transportation is very effective, making Hollola and Lahti well communicated cities. I spent a beautiful year as a Rotary International exchange student in Lahti, I managed to learn Finnish and made many […]
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Kuopio – northern city with warm-hearted people

Why Kuopio? Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo – huge, capital cities attracting many tourists to visit the very south of the Nordic countries. However, if one would like to feel the real Nordic experience, to get the insight into the lives of the people from smaller cities, somewhat lower temperatures should be withstood, but many beautiful places are waiting to be visited. One of those places is Kuopio, a Finish city concealed with forests and surrounded by thousands of lakes (The Official Travel Guide of Finland). If you are looking for a wonderful place where you don`t want to be a part […]
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