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146 trips to Finland tours from 54 tour companies. 738 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
The easternmost country of Scandinavia, sharing a long border with Russia and speaking a language entirely different from Swedes or Norwegians, Finland is renowned as the land of the sauna -- a must-try experience when there. Its capital, Helsinki, is one of the most vibrant cities in the Baltic region, while the city of Rovaniemi -- known for its Santa Claus village and Northern Lights viewing -- makes for a great winter holiday ...
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Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea
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Road Scholar
By Road Scholar
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15 days
$ 533 / day
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Enchanting Lapland - 5 days
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Enchanting Lapland - 5 days
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On The Go Tours
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$ 419 / day
$ 2,095
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New Year's in Finland - 7 Days
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New Year's in Finland - 7 Days
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$ 299 / day
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Lapland Explorer - 6 Days
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Lapland Explorer - 6 Days
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6 days
$ 199 / day
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Untouched Finland - 7 days
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Untouched Finland - 7 days
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7 days
$ 334 / day
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Christmas in Finland - 7 Days
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Christmas in Finland - 7 Days
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On The Go Tours
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7 days
$ 306 / day
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Lapland & the Arctic Circle - 5 Days
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Lapland & the Arctic Circle - 5 Days
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Nordic Adventure Summer 2019
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Nordic Adventure Summer 2019
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Trafalgar
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Capitals of the North Summer 2019
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Capitals of the North Summer 2019
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Trafalgar
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Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States Summer 2019
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Trafalgar
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Finnish Wilderness Week
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Finnish Wilderness Week
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Exodus Travels
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$ 194 / day
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Scandinavia Explorer
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Intrepid Travel
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G Adventures
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Fat biking in Finland
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Top Finland Experiences and Attractions
Top Finland Experiences

Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Arctic Circle.

Learning about Lapland the Sami people at the Siida Museum.

Following the creaky bridges and maze-like interiors of 15th-century Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna.

Skiing, snowboarding or dog sledding in the Finnish winter outdoor capital of Levi.

Island hopping in the charming Aland Archipelago.

Shopping alongside Helsinki residents at Kauppatori, one of northern Europe s most popular market squares.

Being awestruck and overcome by the beauty of the Northern Lights, seen best from September to March.

Staying overnight in the iconic Lumilinna Ice Castle in Kemi.

Marveling at the gigantic Kummakivi, or  strange rock, one of the top attractions of Ruokolathi.

Spend a day in an old wooden town, like KÓpylÓ and Vallila in Helsinki, or Old Porvoo, where the wooden residences date back as far as 300 years.
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Top Finland Attractions

Suomenlinna sea fortress

Lapland exploration

Aurora Borealis

40 national parks

Sweat in a sauna
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Finland Trip Reviews
738 Finland Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend
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Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.
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I took a group to France in April of 2019 and couldn't be happier. The company is a joy to work with. I have never experienced such personalized service from start to finish! Will travel with them again.
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The best in the business! After 25 years of working with this company, they keep getting better. Their love for kids, understanding of educators, and partnering with parents are the best. Engaging kids and educators in travel is thier forte.
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There are few companies that truly live up to their motto, but ACIS knocks it out of the park. " Travel changes lives. " Travel does change lives and this company makes it happen. ACIS is superior in all aspects of travel from pre-trip planning to follow through on every detail. I state with complete confidence that my children's experience with ACIS has positively impacted their college and career decisions. What else could a parent ask for? When considering other companies you get what you pay for, don't miss an ACIS opportunity!
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Finland Tours and Travel Guide
Finland Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The easternmost country of Scandinavia, sharing a long border with Russia and speaking a language entirely different from Swedes or Norwegians, Finland is renowned as the land of the sauna -- a must-try experience when there. Its capital, Helsinki, is one of the most vibrant cities in the Baltic region, while the city of Rovaniemi -- known for its Santa Claus village and Northern Lights viewing -- makes for a great winter holiday right on the Arctic Circle.
Cities in Finland

Quick! Name a city in Finland. Did you say Helsinki? You re in good company. When most American travelers think of the major Finland cities, they think of Helsinki, the country s largest metropolis. We ll bet our  grillimakkara that you didn t say Oulu, or Jyväskylä.

Read on about Finland s most popular cities to tour:

1. Helsinki

The country s capital, Helsinki is the common entry point for a Finland tour. This gorgeous seaside city includes around 330 islands off the coast, verdant parks (a third of the city is green!) and an easygoing, laid-back rhythm of life. Regularly scheduled ferries whisk travelers away to the islands throughout Finland tours - Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari are popular choices - for beach days and even overnight camping.

There s a reason Helsinki is rated one of the world s best places to live - there are museums, music performance halls, theater, art and culture, thriving nightlife, amazing architecture, gourmet dining and more. This is one of Europe s top destinations for festival lovers - no matter what time you visit, you re likely to run across one featuring art, circus performances, opera, light and more.

One of Europe s most striking architectural cities, Helsinki - and all of Finland, for that matter - is renowned for a stylish, yet functional design aesthetic. Find everything from Byzantine-Russian and neoclassical in the city s museums, concert halls and train station. Make sure to include a tour of Helsinki s Design District in Punavuori and the Design Museum.

There s a lovely ambience throughout Helsinki, where eastern and western Europe meet. Sit awhile at an outdoor  terrassit (alfresco bar or cafe) and take in the local personality. Craving fresh air and greenery? Helsinki combines an urban getaway with an easily accessible natural environment. Helsinki tours for active travelers capitalize on the archipelago s beaches, parks, gardens, forests and, in the winter, frozen seas.

2. Tampere

Finland s favorite small city, Tampere is a low-key, friendly metropolis - and the sauna capital of Finland! Stop by the Rajaportti sauna in Pispala, dating from 1906, or one of more than 20 other saunas in the Tampere region. Other top attractions in Tampere include dining on the famous  black sausage (look for it at Tampere Market Hall), attending the many festivals and concerts that take place here (in fact, this is the theater capital of Finland) and checking out the numerous quirky museums.

Looking for an outdoor adventure in Tampere? Walk up the Pyynikki ridge - this is the world s largest gravel ridge formed by the ice age. From the colorful wooden houses of Pispala to two picturesque lakes - Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi - Tampere is a favorite Finland tour stop.

3. Turku

Finland s most medieval town, Turku was named a European Capital of Culture in 2011. For those seeking Finnish history, visit this modern city full of ancient wonders, including a castle, cathedral and historic market square. The Aura River is the epicenter of Turku - from here, take a cruise to tour the Finland archipelago or nearby Naantali. And just like elsewhere in festival-full Finland, Turku lights up in summer with cultural events that celebrate dance, the middle ages, music, design, art, theater and more.

4. Oulu

The northern culture capital of Finland, Oulu is the country s fourth largest city. Finland cycling tours often include this outdoor- and nature-centric city - it boasts the most extensive bike path network in Finland.

Other outdoor pursuits in Oulu include ferrying to the island of Hailuoto and its impressive sand dunes (or cross by ice road in the winter), wander through lush parks and cross-country ski along well-maintained ski tracks. Then take a load off with some retail therapy at Rotuaari Promenade, featuring Oulu s best dining and shopping opportunities.

5. Jyväskylä

Architecture tours of Finland can t miss Jyväskylä - this is the unofficial capital of Alva Aalto and his superb architectural designs. It was right here that the illustrious architect went to school, lived and started his career. Explore it all, from classicism to functionalism to monumentalism.

Outdoor enthusiasts tour Jyväskyläfor its serene lakes and bountiful hills, contributing to a love of sports and well-being. Visit Nykänen s hill, a ski jumping stadium named after Finland s legendary Matti Nykanen.

Climb the observation tower at Harju ridgefor the best views of Jyväskylä. Inside, check out the top museums in Jyväskylä: the Craft Museum, the Alvar Aalto Museum, the National Costume Centre, the Aviation Museum and more.
National Parks in Finland

The Finnish people are an outdoor-loving bunch, making it no surprise that many popular Finland tours include outdoor adventure for all levels and interests. Cool rule: In Finland, there are what is known as  Everyman s rights, which means you can explore the parks as you wish as long as you pick up after yourself and are kind to the natural surroundings.

Our picks for the six top Finland national parks (*there are 40 in all!) for active travelers include:

Pallas-Yllästunturi - If you re looking for lodge-to-lodge hiking and skiing in Finland, look no further than Finland s first hiking trail. In Pallas-Yllästunturi, you ll breath Lapland s freshest air, glimpse the Northern Lights and feel miles from everything - you are! - yet welcomed at comfortable lodgings and surrounded by charming villages.
Nuuksio - One of the closest national parks to Helsinki, Nuuksio is an easy visit on a Finland tour. Hike along well-marked trails through lush forest and past placid lakes, stopping at the nearby Finnish Nature Centre Haltia to learn more about Finland s natural attractions.
Urho Kekkonen National Park - This 253,800-hectare national park is ensconced in the Saariselkä Wilderness, which extends all the way to the Russian border. The unfettered forest is home to free-range reindeer, bears, eagles and wolverines and offers some of the best off-the-grid hiking in Finland.
Oulanka - One of the most pristine national parks in Finland, Oulanka is a far northern forest full of Scotch pines, silver birches and spruce trees. If you want to venture to the Arctic Circle during your Finland tour, this is the place to be. Shout-out to the innumerable wood ants who reside here and build nests nearly three feet high.
Koli - Considered to be a sacred region of inland, Koli National Park was long feared for its powerful spirits. Hikers from all around the world come to experience one of Finland s most pristine hiking regions. Koli is home to the longest valley in Finland, famous caves, waterfalls and the picturesque Lake Pielinen.
Repovesi - With is rugged grandeur, Repovesi National Park contains some of Finland s most pristine wilderness. The suspension bridge at Lapinsalmi is one of the most picturesque locations in Repovesi and a mindblowing challenge for those who can handle the incredible height. Favorite activities within Repovesi include nordic skiing, ice fishing, kayaking, berry picking, mushroom foraging and more.

What to Eat in Finland

The world s top culinary cities are capitalizing on the locally sourced, sustainable, seasonable ingredient trend, but Finland has long been in the game. The most iconic foods to eat in Finland include meat and vegetables that are sewn into the quilt of the country s landscape - think reindeer, bear, elk, salmon, arctic char, forest mushrooms, lingonberries, cloudberries and more. Whether you re sitting down in one of Finland s renowned gourmet restaurants or strolling through a covered market (kauppahalli), you re in for a Finnish culinary treat.

Here, our top 10 things to eat on your Finland tour:

Grillimakkara - Summer in Finland means these big, juicy sausages (there s just as tasty in the winter months). Pair with mustard and a local brew.

Karjalanpiirakka - Also known as Karelian pies, these handheld pastries are traditionally filled with potatoes, rice or carrots and spread with egg butter on top.

Kalakukko - Similar to the karjalanpiirakka, but bigger and stuffed with fish, usually muikku from eastern Finland s Lake District.

Ruisleipä - You ll see this favorite Finnish rye bread everywhere and in many different varieties. The cracker version is called näkkileipä - spread it with butter or cheese for breakfast or an evening snack.

Korvapuusti - Cinnamon buns, plain and simple. You won t be able to stop at just one of these favorite Finnish sweets.

Fresh Picked Berries - Go for a hike in a Finnish forest in the summer and you ll see legions of bilberry bushes. They re lovely on their own or baked into a pie. Be on the lookout for other popular Finnish berries: the tart lingonberry and the sour cloudberry, available only for a short period each summer.

Leipajuusto - Finland s famous  squeaky cheese is made from curdled milk, which is set and then either baked or grilled to give it a lovely golden-brown hue. Eat it sliced, even with coffee poured on top(!), with cloudberry jam or in a salad.

Silli ja uudet perunat - Finland loves its potatoes with herring! Your Finnish culinary tour is sure to include hefty helpings of these new potatoes with fresh herring and chanterelles, or new potatoes with fish roe. Add a little dill, salt and pepper and it s the perfect summertime Finnish food.

Reindeer - One of the best meats to sample in Finland, reindeer from the northern province of Lapland is not only delicious and lean, but high in B-12, omega-3, omega-6 - it s downright healthy! Look for reindeer stew, steak and even pasta dishes with reindeer.

Vispipuur - Look for this popular Finnish dessert. It s a sweet concoction of wheat semolina and lingonberries, then whipped to a mousse-like consistency.

How to See the Northern Lights in Finland

It s actually pretty easy to capture the spectacular Aurora Borealis during your Finland tour - the Northern Lights are visible about 200 nights a year in Lapland, with the best chances of spotting them the farther north you go.

Your Finland tour guide can arrange for a snowy outing - whether snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or riding in a dog sled - to take advantage of this top natural attraction in Finland. There are even new opportunities to sleep in high style under the Aurora Borealis - your Finnish tour could include a night in a glass-walled luxurious suite, an arctic treehouse or a glass igloo.
Top Souvenirs from Finland

While perhaps not as well known for the Swedish and Danish Scandinavian design of northern Europe, Finland has a unique design aesthetic, lending itself to fun souvenirs to bring home from your Finland tour.

Here, our favorite things to buy for remembering your time traveling in Finland:

1. A kuksa - this