Feel the Nordics

This article is a collection of some basic information to serve as a guide when planning to travel to the Nordics. There are not much differences between Nordic countries. Denmark is maybe the least "Nordic" since it is close to Germany and Iceland may be the most exotic with its volcanic environment. But all these countries are great choices to visit. Maybe you should combine a few of them for a single journey?
This article does not concentrate on travel document issues. All Nordic countries are members of Schengen Agreement. This means that if you possess a free access or visa to the Schengen area, you are entitled to enter any Nordic country.
Let us assume you have chosen to make your trip to Finland. The first thing to decide is whether to visit during summer or winter. In the summer one of the best thing is to experience bright nights. The summer is also a great time to explore nature, do hiking or see one of 300,000 lakes and enjoy moderately warm but not hot weather. In contrast, winter is the time to feel real arctic climate. Much snow, short days and cold nights are part of it.
If winter is your choice, be prepared with warm clothes. Absolutely during the winter, we recommend you to head to the north of Finland, to the area called Lapland. It is almost sure that there is plenty of snow, fresh (=cold) air and real arctic atmosphere. A good starting point in Lapland is Rovaniemi which is Lapland's most populated city. Despite its small size, there are cool things to experience: meet the real Santa Claus (yes the real!), stay in anfestyle there. Especially in Kittilä you can do winter sports. ice hotel, explore arctic culture in museums or take a husky ride. For these reasons, Rovaniemi is the most well-known tourist destination in Lapland. If you feel more adventurous, just continue to really north. In Ivalo or Kittilä, there are less tourists attractions but you can feel the pure arctic winter or li
Summer is a totally different experience in Finland. During this season, it is the best time to explore cities in the south or in the middle of Finland. The weather is nice and warm, expect though episodes of rainy days. The day length in the south is about 18 hours and in Lapland there are no nights at all, hence the name the "Land of the Midnight Sun". Popular summer activities includes enjoying midsummer sauna, swimming in a lake, taking an inexpensive cruise to Sweden or Estonia or just enjoying Finnish culture.
Interesting summer cities are for example Turku, Kuopio or Utsjoki. Turku is the oldest city in Finland which offers many historical sightseeing spots. The beautiful Aura river divides this former capital of Finland. Restaurant boats surrounds the area converting it to relaxing and lively place for dining while enjoying wonderful scenery especially at night. Kuopio is a great destination to experience numerous beautiful lakes where you could do cruising. Continuing up to extreme North, you can cross the Finnish border to neighboring Norway via Utsjoki town. This gives you easy access if wanting to see Arctic Sea.
Whenever you do your trip to Finland, arriving via Helsinki is highly recommended. You can visit different art and historical museums, do shopping of famous finnish design brands, relax at any of the finnish public saunas and exploring Suomenlinna Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site. Helsinki Airport is well-connected to the world. Therefore, exploring the Finnish capital is a must before continuing your exploration to other cities.
The last basic question is when to come? If planning to have a winter trip, the best months are from December to March. Keep in mind though that weather in Helsinki varies a lot. If you are unlucky, Helsinki can be snowless. So going to Lapland is absolutely recommended because there is always more snow. If you plan a summer trip, don't come before May. Springs are cold. The best months are from June to August. September could be good option too because autumn tends to be quite warm and Finnish nature is colourful.
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