Finding the magic of Finland
The land of a thousand lakes and during the months of June and July it becomes the land of the midnight sun. Finns are known to love their saunas so much and believe it or not, they love ice swimming too.
No matter what time of the year you visit Finland you will be sure to have a magical experience, from the Polar Night Event to enjoying water-sports during the summer in many of their magical lakes. Finland is truly blessed with natural beauty.
Getting to know Finland
Finland is the quiet neighbour to sparring partners Sweden and Russia. The Finns are one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations but that does nothing to lessen their strong affinity to the country's wide-open spaces.
With almost 80% of Finland covered by woodlands or wetlands, an extraordinary 188,000 lakes (that's nearly 10% of the country) and the same number of islands it's an outdoors enthusiast's paradise.
The excellent network of 35 national parks proffer summer trekking and canoeing options and in winter, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling and husky or reindeer sled safaris. In the most northern part of the country you can see the Northern Lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer
Lapland covers almost a third of Finland and is populated by indigenous Sámi people and about 230,000 Reindeer that still provide an important income. The Lapps may try to preserve their traditions as much as they can but its most famous resident is Santa Claus. The Santa Claus Workshop Village on the Arctic Circle 10 km north of Rovaniemi is open year round.
Lappland's underground Arktikum House is a museum and science centre specialising in the arctic regions.
The Swedish-speaking wooden towns of the west coast contrast with onion-domed Orthodox churches of Karelia in the east, testament to Finlands position as the meat in the political sandwich between Sweden and Russia.
A trading centre since the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in Finland, The medieval Turku Castle at the mouth of the idyllic River Aura is the standout attraction and is also the jumping off point for short cruises through The Archipelago.
The enchanting Savonlinna, boasts the best-preserved medieval castle in all the Nordic countries: Olavinlinna.
Helsinki, "the daughter of the Baltic", has been the capital of Finland since 1812. It is a clean, modern city with a strong tradition of artistic and musical innovation. It is surrounded by parks, forests and lakes, has a beautiful coastline and is endowed with historical sights (UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress is the world's largest marine bastion.) The CBD features buildings designed by the best-known Finnish architects, both traditional and modern.
Train network in Finland
Finland has an extensive railway network. With over 5,900 km of tracks, travellers can visit all major cities in Finland by train. Trains are operated by the national railway company called VR. Commuter service is also run by VR in the Helsinki region. The high speed train service in Finland is carried by the Allegro trains. These high speed trains also have an international connection to Saint Petersburg in Russia, from Helsinki in Finland. When travelling on board an international train, passport controls are frequent. Other stations served by the Allegro high speed trains include Vyborg, Vainikkala, Kouvola, Lahti, Tikkurila and Pasila.
Tickets that get you around Finland
- Point to Point Tickets
- Finland Single-Country Pass
- Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries) - Choose your 2 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Select Pass (3 Countries - Choose your 3 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries
- Eurail Select Pass (4 Countries) - Choose your 4 adjoining countries out of the 28 participating countries.
- Eurail Global Flexi Pass - 28 countries - 5/7 days in 1 month or 10/15 days in 2 months.
- Eurail Global Continuous Pass - 28 countries - 15, 22 days or 1, 2 or 3 months.
- Scandinavia Eurail Pass