70+ Travel Bucketlist Ideas for a Finland Vacation

Oh Finland! Land of the magical aurora and balmy midsummer nights, country of solitude and stresses melting away. A Finland vacation is all about the wow moments, from the world's largest archipelago to husky and reindeer rides and warming saunas. So much excites here and the travel bucketlist can be adapted for summer and winter adventure.

Super Car Driving onIce, Lapland

Learn to Drive on Ice With a World Rally Champion

Super Car Ice Driving, Kemi

Supercar Driving on Ice in Finnish Arctic

Icebreaker at sea

Icebreaker Sampo Cruise on Gulf of Bothnia

Huskies, Lapland

Full-day Aurora Husky Safari

Ice Fishing Experience, Levi

Ice Fishing Experience by Snowmobile

Reindeer safari with Sami Guide, Lapland

Reindeer Safari with Authentic Sami Dinner

Northern lights seen from a Boeing 747 airliner with its wing in the foreground

Northern Lights Scenic Flight

Aerial View, Helsinki

Executive Helicopter Ride Over Helsinki

Northern lights over the Pyhae Luosto National Park in northern Finnland.

Snowshoe Walk Beneath the Northern Lights


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Iin Search of the Northern Lights, Lapland

Finland in Winter

supercar driving on ice

Ultimate Winter Supercar Driving


Finnish Adventures and Expeditions

Almost all of wilderness is wilderness. On a Finland vacation you can try many new experiences, such as husky rides and snowmobiles above the Arctic Circle. Yet this is a country of solitude that rewards time. Expeditions can take you to places that few visitors have ever seen, places that change irrevocably with the seasons. A multi-day expedition is a chance to do what you want, in landscapes completely cut off from everything else.

Aerial view of a curvy road in winter with lot of snow

Co-pilot a Rally Car With a Former Rally Car Champion

Multi Day Husky Safari, Lapland

Husky safari: Multi-day Marathon

Aurora Borealis, Lapland

Northern Lights Chase by Four-Wheel Drive

In Search of the northern Lights, Lapland

Reindeer Safari Searching for the Northern Lights

Snow Shoeing Expedition, Saariselkä

Snowshoeing in Saariselka National Park

Sami Reindeer Herder, Saariselka

Four Day Safari Through Lapland to Saariselka

Saami Farm Stay, Rovaniemi

Two-Day Winter Roamer Tour of Arctic Finland

Day Hike, Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio Canoe and Hike Adventure

Silhouettes of plants at the shore of a river with a reflection of the midnight sun, shades of yellow and gold in Finnish Lapland.

Four-Day Summer Fairytale in Lapland

Old bike against the wall at home

South of Helsinki Multi-Day Bicycle Trip


Accommodation to Consider on a Finland Vacation

Finland does not offer an enormous choice of traditionally luxurious accommodation. Other than Hotel Kamp in Helsinki and a handful of remote stays, this isn't a country for typical five-star accommodation. Here the luxury comes from the inimitability. Think wilderness cabins with traditional saunas, snow suites where you can be wonderfully warm when it's below freezing, and igloos beneath the northern lights. These are just a sample of what a travel designer can incorporate into your trip.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

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Hotel Kamp Helsinki

Arcticscene Executive Suite, Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Rovaniemi

Arctic Treehouse Hotel

Snow Suite for Two, Snow Village

Snow Suite, Snow Village Finland

Golden Crown Glass Igloos Exterior, Levi

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos

Bedroom with a View, Seaside Glass Villas, Kemi

Seaside Glass Villas

Villa Naavenneito exterior

Villa Naavenneito

Nortehrn Lights Room View, Aurora Village

Arctic Wilderness Cabin with Sauna

Snowy landscape at sunset, frozen trees in winter in Saariselka, Lapland, Finland

Javri Lodge, Arctic Circle

Cottage exterior, Saimaa Hillas Lakeside Cottage

Saimaa Lakeside Cottage Stay

Lounge, Pariisin Ville, Porvoo

Pariisin Ville in Porvoo

Lobby, Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli, Helsinki

Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli


A Winter Vacation in Finland

Winter is the more popular season to visit Finland. Gaping snow-bound landscapes provide adventure and the aurora shines on most nights. You can usually see the northern lights every other night and your chances increase the further you travel north. It is cold and you don't enjoy much daylight during winter, but for a few hours a day you are treated to some of the planet's most astonishing landscapes.

Rally Car driving on Ice, Lapland

Rally Car Driving on Ice in Finnish Arctic

Snowmobile Safari, Lapland

Snowmobile Safari in Finnish Arctic

Aurora borealis in Lapland, Finland.

Aurora Drive Through Finnish Forests

Arctic Husky Ride,Lapland

Finnish Arctic Husky Ride

Santa Clause, Elves Village, Levi

Special Santa Clause Experience

Family Husky Safari, Lapland

Family Husky Safari with Wilderness Lunch

Fmily Reindeer Farm Visit, Lapland

Family Reindeer Farm Visit and Sleigh Ride

Ski slope, early morning, bright Sunny sunrise. Skis stuck in the snow. On the background of lifts and snow-covered forest. the resort of Kuusamo and Ruka. Lapland Finland.

Family Skiing Guide at Ruka Ski Resort

Women and man on Snowmobile in Winter Finland, Lapland at Christmas. Extreme Sport Activity and Recreation in Cold Season. Drive a Snow Mobile Vehicle If you like Speed, Ice and Fun.

Family Snowmobile Safari with Lunch

Sow Mobile Adventure, Lapland

Olokolo Luxury Snowmobile Tour

Ski Tour, Lapland

Snowmobile-Pulled Sled and Ski Tour in the Arctic


Discover Finland in Summer

Finland is summer is the land of the midnight sun. The mild weather and endless daylight means you can fit a huge number of different experiences into a short trip. These are just ideas of what you can do in Finland and a travel designer can create any kind of adventure you seek. In a country with so much open space and wilderness, you can do just about anything outdoors here.

Small Islands in the Helsinki Archipelago, Helsinki

Helsinki Archipelago High-speed Boat Tour

Floating Sauna on the River Vuoksi

Floating Sauna on the River Vuoksi

Sweden built this fortress and naval base on six islands in 1748 to protect the harbor of Helsinki, Finland, and control a strategic part of the Baltic. The site is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Suomenlinna Island Tour

Athlete climber climbing overhanging boulder rock, beautiful view of northern forest. Outdoor active lifestyle.

Rock Climbing in Kauhala Village

Mountain Bike Ride, Finland

Bike Ride Around Rovaniemi

Autumn landscape with birch and kayaks. Shore of Toolonlahti bay in central Helsinki, Finland

Canoeing and Kayaking in Toolo

A male backpacker rests by a river in the Lapland wilderness. Yellow and green tents are pitched nearby.

Mountain Climbing on Mount Halti


Embracing Finnish Cuisine and Culture

Cuisine and culture are rarely top of the bucketlist for travelers coming to Finland, but they do provide many great moments. The cuisine is unique and exquisite, surprisingly delicate and full of new flavours. And the culture can range from Sami or medieval tradition to all-night partying.

Rue bun with seeds and finnish cup kuksa. Selective focus

Enjoy a Six-course Lappish Dinner

Young Woman Enjoying, Relaxing and Observing the view of Lake

Finn For a Day: Fishing, Forests and Face Masks Experience

Central Market Food Stall, Helsinki

Helsinki Foodie Tour

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Dinner Reservations at Loiste Helsinki

Snowrestaurant, Kemi

Dinner at Snow Restaurant in the Arctic

Turku Castle Front View

Turku Castle Medieval Experience

Karelian Pirakka pies

Cook and Consume Finnish Cuisine at Kitchen Kokka

Glass of martini on a grnished surface with lemon slices and rosemary. Black bakground. Glas garnished with sugar on the edge.

Cocktail Evening at Liberty or Death

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