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Finland: A touring destination for all seasons

Think of Finland and you probably think of Santa’s workshop, the Northern Lights and landscapes of thickly forested fells deep with snow. Finland has a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic winter holiday destination, but savvy travellers are waking up to the fact that this beautiful Nordic country has plenty to offer all year round.

Different seasons offer very different experiences. As the long winter nights recede and the snow begins to melt, husky sledding and ice hotels give way to lakeside bonfires and balmy beer gardens. On the TourHound website you can find escorted tours visiting Finland every month of the year, so we’ve put together this short guide on what to expect during each season...

 

Spring

Conditions vary considerably during Finland’s short-lived spring depending on which part of the country you visit. In the north the snow lingers into April and beyond, with the Northern Lights still visible in Lapland, and it’s possible to ski during spring. Further south the weather is warmer, the forests carpeted with wildflowers, and migratory birds are starting to return. Animals emerge from hibernation after the long winter months, and bear watching tours resume towards the end of May. Late spring can be a nice time to visit Helsinki, before the summer crowds arrive, and the city celebrates the Vappu festival on 1st May with eccentric outfits, colourful parades and plenty of sima, a type of fruity mead.

Summer

Finns seize the moment during the fleeting summer months, partying at music festivals, spilling out onto the terraces of Helsinki’s bustling bars or escaping to the Baltic coast. The summer solstice is a national holiday, when friends gather around bonfires at their lakeside cottages and spend their days swimming, fishing and socialising in the sauna. This is a great time of year to explore the myriad islands of the Turku archipelago or Finland’s many glistening lakes, where you can kayak, hike and cycle amongst wonderfully unspoilt natural surroundings. Summer is also the season of the midnight sun, when a single day lasts two months up in Lapland.

Autumn

Autumn is known as the ruska season in Finland, when the forests are flushed with vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. The fells and foliage of Lapland are especially beautiful at this time of year, and September is a great month for mosquito-free trekking in the north. You can take advantage of Finland’s ‘everyman’s rights’ and forage for wild mushrooms and berries in the woods, before enjoying a cosy evening around the fire or in the sauna. This is also a good time for birdwatching, as species including cranes, geese and swans begin their southward migration. 

Winter

Finnish winters are long, cold and dark, but the locals are used to the conditions and, unlike the UK, the country continues to function as the snow begins to fall. The north of the country is blanketed in white from November through to May, sometimes longer, while the southern and central regions usually have snow from December until March or April. The Arctic north becomes a winter playground, with active pursuits including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and husky sledding on offer. A trip to Lapland to visit Santa and his elves makes for a great family break, and the winter darkness is tempered by the unforgettable sight of the Northern Lights. You can also stay in some unique and characterful accommodation, from log cabins to ice hotels and glass igloos. If you’re looking for a winter city break then Helsinki is a great option during December, as the streets are strung with fairy lights and Christmas markets set up shop in the main squares.

 

 

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7 Nights

Finnish Wilderness Week

Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland on this tour.

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Starts:Basecamp Oulanka
Ends:Basecamp Oulanka
Group Size:4- 20
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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Snowshoeing in Finland

5 days snowshoeing in the stunning wilderness of Finland on this tour.

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Starts:Kuusamo
Ends:Kuusamo
Group Size:4- 12
Difficulty:Moderate
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Finnish Winter Adventure Family Holiday

See the Northern Lights in Finland and enjoy the tour.

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Starts:Kuusamo
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Group Size:6- 18
Operator:Exodus

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12 Nights

Baltic Adventure

Explore the Baltic capitals on Starting in Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and in Tallinn.

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Starts:Vilnius
Ends:Helsinki
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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Baltic Experience

Experience the diverse delights of the Baltic states on this adventurous journey through Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

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Starts:Helsinki
Ends:Vilnius
Group Size:1- 12
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5 Nights

Wild Finland

A week in the magical Finnish wilderness searching for Brown bears 

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Starts:Basecamp Oulanka
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Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
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32 Nights

Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit

Explore the highlights of Scandinavia before travelling south into the Baltic states on this epic 32-day adventure through northern Europe

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Starts:Copenhagen
Ends:Vilnius
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26 Nights

Oslo to Vilnius

Discover the many charms of Europe on this enriching northern adventure

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15 Nights

Scandinavia Explorer

Tour Scandinavia and discover the many charms and delights on this two-week adventure through Norway, Sweden and Finland

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Starts:Oslo
Ends:Helsinki
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21 Nights

High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos

Explore the most enigmatic and extreme regions of the Russian High Arctic

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Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

Explore two of the most isolated, icy archipelagoes in the Russian High Arctic

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19 Nights

Highlights of Russia & the Baltics

Get the low-down of the historical, cultural and culinary highlights of Russia and the Baltics on a 19-day immersive experience through Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

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Starts:Moscow
Ends:Vilnius
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Complete Scandinavia

It’s fair to say, Scandinavia is having a moment

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5 Nights

Finnish Summer Adventure Family Holiday

Summer activities for all the family in Finland.

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Starts:Kuusamo
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Group Size:4- 16
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Highlights of the Baltics 2022

A decadent display of fascinating history, lavish Art Nouveau architecture, picturesque natural beauty and tranquil towns - this tour of the Baltics will journey through some of Europe's last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to Tallinn's timeless masterpieces, we'll uncover a local way of life and savour each unique and breathtaking sight along the way.

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Starts:Vilnius
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14 Nights

North Pole: Journey to the top of the World

If there’s one place you can really feel on top of the world, the North Pole is it

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22 Nights

Russian High Arctic Odyssey

From the stunning wildernesses of the Russian Arctic to the bright lights of Helsinki, this is an adventure you’ll never forget

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Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

Russia by land is exquisite, but have you thought about taking in this mammoth country by sea? An Arctic adventure in Russia will see you embark on a voyage around the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, like a true polar expeditioner

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Northen cities and Fjords - Charm

Begin in Helsinki, surrounded by the sea and known for the Russian and Scandinavian incluences. Arrive in Oslo and its cultural delights. Spend your nights on the Norway's most beautiful fjords in Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane. Discover the city of Bergen, surrounded by the characteristic landscape of towering mountains and crystal-clear fjords and cross the glistening Hardangerfjord.

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Northen cities and Fjords - Superior

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