Finland will warm your heart like no other country in the world. From northern lights to winter sports you can enjoy many beautiful things in this country. It can be an expensive destination to travel to, but it is also one of the best. The laid back attitude and a higher standard of living make it a comfortable place to spend your time.
The southern part of the country has a coastline of the Gulf of Finland. The capital city, Helsinki, is on this side of the nation. On the Eastern side is the giant Russia. Next to it lies the western region with Tampere, Seinajoki, and Turku.
The northernmost part is the home to many ski resorts as it is located in the Tundra region. There are some lovely towns you can visit while you are on your trip, like Kuopio (university town), Oulu (technology town), Hameenlinna (lakeside town), Seinajoki (the fastest growing town), Savonlinna (opera festival), and Turku (the ancient capital).
Other than these towns you can visit interesting places like Levi which is a famous ski resort. You can have a taste of wildlife at Palla (The Yllastunturi National Park). The Kauhava Amusement Park can be fun for kids. Hail the beauty of nature at the Lappajarvi, which is a beautiful crater lake.
The airways connect the major parts of the country with Helsinki. But air travel is expensive in Europe except for some newer cheaper airlines. So, search your options and you may find a good deal. That said, you can take the train if you want to travel in South. The railway connectivity is poor in the north due to alpine conditions. However, by bus, you can go to any part of the country. (Note, buses can be actually expensive than the train, despite their slow pace.) Taxis can be hired. But keep in mind that for any length of ride you are bound to pay a minimum of 6 Euros. For accommodation, the least you will spend is 25 Euros per night; that is if you crash in a hostel dorm.
Finnish is the lingua franca in the country. The good news is nearly 75% of the population speak English. So you can communicate with the young as well as the old in English. The cost of living in Finland can be extremely high. It was also voted as the most expensive country in 2011.
The official currency is Euro. The currency exchange is available in banks, post offices and at bureaux de change in major cities, ports, and airports. All major credit cards are widely acceptable. Also, ATMs are available in every town and sometimes even in small villages.
Taxis are plentiful and easy to find. However, if you want to hire a car, you can do it easily from one of the local or international companies. The minimum age varies from 20 to 25 years. However, all companies require a minimum of one year of driving experience. Roads are generally in good condition. Also, cars drive on the right side of the road here.
In Finland, they use electric sockets and plugs of types C and F, as almost everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
August 22, 2016 12:00 am 2 Comments