Finland is another beautiful Scandinavian country, and shares many similarities with it’s northern neighbours. Finland, however, is in many ways different from the surrounding countries. The Finnish language sets itself apart and is very unique, and Finland is also one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. And of course, there’s the saunas!
Local Language: Finnish – English is widely spoken though.
Visa Requirements: Canadians are allowed in Finland for 90 days without a visa.
Costs: Finland is very expensive! Alcohol and accommodation will cost you a lot.
Finland, like much of Scandinavia is covered in forests and wilderness. This is one of the main draws to Finland, in addition to cities like Helsinki and areas like Lapland.
Helsinki is very beautiful Scandinavian city, and despite it’s population Helsinki retains the feel of a small manageable town. There are many museums and attractions to keep you occupied, and several nearby islands are easy to reach with water-taxis.
In the north of Finland is an area known as Lapland, above the Arctic Circle. You can experience 24 hour daylight, or darkness, depending on when you visit. It’s also home to the Sami people, the original inhabitants of the north. They’re very committed to their culture and traditions, and it’s interesting to see how they live (mainly from reindeer herding).
Hotels in Finland, especially in Helsinki, tend to fill up in the summer. Make reservations!
Helsinki is well connected to the rest of the world and you shouldn’t have a hard time finding flights. You can even find some great deals from cities like Frankfurt or Brussels.