Did you know that in the middle of summer in Finland’s northernmost region, the sun does not set completely for 73 consecutive days? Finland is also a popular commercial cruise stop, boosting tourism in the country. However, it is perhaps best known for its Nordic climate, culture and extensive range of outdoor activities and adventures. Travellers tend to have active vacations and engage in activities such as golfing, skiing, hiking, lake cruises and much more. Birdwatching and hunting are also popular.
Whether you are visiting for the day on a cruise stop or spending your vacation exploring this beautiful country, travel insurance allows your mind to rest knowing you have access to travel assistance if you need it.
Travel advice for Finland
Finland is part of the Schengen area, so travellers need to abide by the Schengen rules. Canadians travelling to Finland must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past their departure date. Business, student and tourist visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days.
As in other European countries, petty crime in Finland is common, especially during peak travel season. Take extra caution when travelling by train. However, public transportation is one of the best ways to travel in the country.
Being part of the European Union, Finland uses the euro (EUR) as its currency. Credit cards are also widely accepted. ATMs are accessible in all major cities.
Places to visit in Finland
Helsinki is the focal point of the tourism industry in Finland. The country’s capital city, with more than 1.2 million residents, is filled with world-class museums, art galleries, cultural attractions, restaurants and retail stores. Many travellers also venture to Turku, the former capital of the country.
Some of the top tourist attractions include the Åland Islands, a great option for a side trip; Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna, a popular spa and resort area; Lemmenjoki National Park; Archipelago National Park; and the town of Tampere, a small industrial town with old villages and more than 200 lakes. Perhaps the most popular reason people travel to Finland is to see the northern lights. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can be viewed in Lapland between September and March.
Travel insurance for trips to Finland
Travel insurance should be an important part of your trip planning. Comprehensive travel insurance plans with Blue Cross allow you to travel worry-free and give you access to travel assistance 24/7 in Finland and anywhere else in the world. If you are visiting the country as part of a cruise, make sure you have dependable cruise travel insurance that provides you with the travel coverage you need for your trip. Get a free travel insurance quote today.
|Population (2012):||5,413,971||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Finnish, Swedish|
|Diesel (2012):||1.95||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2013):||2.13||1.23 (2013)|