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FINLAND HOLIDAYS   >   EU  


Finland has it all  -  snowy winters, pleasantly warm summers and colourful spring and autumn. Lapland is the most snow guaranteed place in the Europe. Not only the climate but also Finns are considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. But they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people.

Meet a herd of reindeer in Lapland, sail among thousands of islands in the archipelago, or on one of thousands of lakes in eastern Finland, enjoy the endless days of summer or the endless nights of winter.

Provinces in Finland :  Åland, Eastern Finland, Lapland, Oulu, Southern Finland and Western Finland.

Capital City of Finland: Helsinki


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Car Rental Finland

  Sixt   -     
Pick-Up Station / Return Station: Haemeenlinna, Helsinki Airport, felsinki Downtown, Kuopia, Lahti, Oulu Airport , Oulu DT, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Tampere Airport, Tampere DT and Turku DT.

Holiday Rentals / Apartments

 Holidaylettings.co.uk 
Eastern Finland, Lapland, Southern Finland, Western Finland.

  Finnishlakesidecabins.com
Holiday cottages, log cabins and apartments in Finland and Finnish Lapland. All the properties featured on this website include full descriptions, photos, availability and weekly rental prices. 
  Huvila.net
Experience the pure and beautiful nature of Finland. Just feel the sound of silence and rent a holiday cottage directly from the owner - without a brokerage.

Hotels in Finland

  Hotels in Finland   -   Hotel Guide Finland 
Hotels in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Rovaniemi, Vasa.

Travel Agencies / Tour Operators

 Thomas Cook

  Sherpa Expeditions
Walking holidays in Finland.

Sovereign Premium Holidays  [ ATOL 230 ]   -   Flexible Luxury Holidays Lapland
Located in the Kittila region of Finnish Lapland, Levi is an ideal base for your Christmas adventure. As Finland's largest and most prestige ski resort, there are plenty of winter activities to keep everyone entertained, both families and couples alike, from traditional activities such as cross country skiing, Husky rides or Reindeer safaris to the modern and most exciting way of experiencing this fantastic land - by Snowmobile.
Sovereign is a specialist tour operator with more than 30 years experience.

G Adventures



  Mighty Fine   -   Adventure holidays in Finland
  Fregata Travel
  Waymark Holidays   -   holidays for walkers and cross-country skiers
Don't miss the chance to get in some early skiing! Set deep in Finnish Lapland, Akaslompolo is a magical place, with over 200km of well designed tracks. We stay in the comfortable Hotel Yallas Humina in modern log-cabins.

  Helsinki Expert   -   incoming tour operator
Helsinki Card, Helsinki This Week, Helsinki City Tours, Hotel Booking, Guide Booking & Incoming Services and Tour Shop.

Travel Guides Finland / Related books

The Rough Guide to Finland - ISBN 1848362579 Amazon.com - Travel Guides Finland 

The Rough Guide to Finland   -   Roger Norum (Author)
The Rough Guide to Finland is the essential companion to this fascinating Scandinavian country with clear maps and coverage of all the best attractions. Packed with stunning photography and colour illustrations, explore the must-see highlights from the best summer and winter activities – including skiing, snowmobiling and reindeer and husky driving – to the remote villages that come to life in the summertime, with beaches, lake cruises and island hopping. Find detailed accounts of all Finland's major tourist attractions, including the cultural capitals of Helsinki, Turku and Tampere and the laconic seaside towns along Finland's southern and western coast, as well as full colour sections on Finnish design and The great outdoors. You'll find informed, practical advice on what to see and do whilst relying on countless recommendations for Finland's best restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and hotels for every budget and style. With authoritative background on Finland's intricate history and expert tips on how to get around the beautiful national parks, this is your must-have guide. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Finland
Paperback: 328 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (1 Jun 2010); ISBN-10: 1848362579; ISBN-13: 978-1848362574.

Finland Map 2007 (Michelin National Maps)
Map; Publisher: Michelin Maps; Revised edition edition (8 Jan 2007); ISBN-10: 2067126903; ISBN-13: 978-2067126909.

Transport / How do I travel to Finland

  Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Also the website for Enontekio Airport, Jyväskylä Airport, Kittilä Airport, Kuopio Airport, Lappeenranta Airport, Rovaniemi Airport, Savonlinna Airport, Tampere-Pirkkala Airport and Vakaus Airport.

Finnair

 
Book cheap flights to Finland at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets Finland / Bargain Flights
Flight tickets Finland, price comparison possible.

Finland Map (Michelin) - 2067126903 95x200   

  Finnish Railways

National Express Eurolines 
Travel by bus or coach to Finland.

  Silja Bootdienste   -   Silja Line   -   Ferry Service
The leading Passenger Shipping Company on the Baltic Sea with daily departures all the year round between Finland and Sweden and Finland and Estonia and periodical roundtrip cruises between Helsinki and St Petersburg. Silja furthermore offers regular traffic from end April to mid September on the Rostock - Tallinn -  St Petersburg route.

  Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council   -   Public Transport & Journey Planner
YTV door-to-door Journey Planner gives You advice on the best public transport connection to your destination within the Helsinki region. Also for PDA.


Links  

  Finland Tourism   -   official site

  Helsinki   -   Capital City of Finland  
One of the city's top tourist attractions is Suomenlinna, which was once a fortress but today is home to museums, galleries, parks and restaurants. The arts are well served in Helsinki, with a new Opera House and a museum of contemporary art – Kiasma. Temppeliaukio Church, otherwise known as the Church in the Rock, is rather unique.

  Åland   -   Aland   -   archipelago in the Baltic Sea
Situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia. Demilitarised, Swedish-speaking region and has a right of self-government secured through international guarantees.
Åland's largest municipality is its only town, Mariehamn, which is home to over 40 per cent of the Islands' population. Mariehamn was founded in 1861 and is the centre of political and economic activity in Åland. Out of the other municipalities on the main island, Jomala, Mariehamn's neighbour, is the largest, with about 3,400 inhabitants. The smallest municipality in Åland, and all of Finland, is Sottunga in the archipelago, which has a population of 130.
  Eastern Finland   -   State provincial office of Eastern Finland
Eastern Finland is divided into three regions: North Karelia [ Nohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen ], Northern Savonia [ ohjois-Savo / Norra Savolax ] and Southern Savonia [ Etelä-Savo / Södra Savolax ].
  Lapland   -   Lapland State Provincial Office
Municipalities : Enontekiö, Inari, Kemi, Kemijärvi, Keminmaa, Kittilä, Kolari, Muonio, Pelkosenniemi, Pello, Posio,  Ranua, Rovaniemi [ provincial capital ], Salla, Savukoski, Simo, Sodankylä, Tervola, Tornio, Utsjoki and Ylitornio.
  Oulu   -   The Provincial state office of Oulu
2 regions: Northern Ostrobothnia [ Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten ] and Kainuu [ Kainuu / Kajanaland ].
  Southern Finland   -   State Provincial Office of Southern Finland
The Province was formed of the former Province of Uusimaa, the Province of Kymi and the southern parts of the Province of Häme. In addition, the municipalities of Heinola, Sysmä and Hartola of the former Province of Mikkeli were annexed to the Province. Largest city : Helsinki.
  Western Finland   -   State Provincial Office of Western Finland
Seven regions : Southern Ostrobothnia [ Etelä-Pohjanmaa ], Ostrobothnia [ Pohjanmaa ], Pirkanmaa [ Pirkanmaa ], Satakunta [ Satakunta ], Central Ostrobothnia [ Keski-Pohjanmaa ], Central Finland [ Keski-Suomi ], Finland Proper [ Varsinais-Suomi ].

  Uusimaa Regional Council   -   most populated area in Finland
Wonderful landscape with inland ridges and magnificent archipelago is combined with a rich and fascinating cultural history. Consists of Helsinki Metropolitan Area [ a triangle of four towns: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen ], Western Uusimaa [ still has many reminders both of the influence of Sweden and of Finland's history and growth as a nation ] and Northern Uusimaa
To experience as much as possible during your visit to Uusimaa, you should travel the King's Road , an ancient highway of historical, cultural and touristic interest which follows the medieval mail coach route. It links the Nordic capitals Oslo and Stockholm with Turku and Helsinki in Finland, and continues directly on to St. Petersburg in Russia. Already in active use in the 14th century, the King's Road has for centuries been travelled by Kings and commoners alike, all making wide use of churches, estates and inns along the way. The medieval churches and 18th century manufacturing communities are well worth exploring.

  Espoo   -   City of Espoo  -  Tourist Board Espoo   -   second largest city in Finland
Espoo is well known as a centre for high technology, as well as a vital, cultural city. It is also a metropolis surrounded by nature.
  Kauniaien   -   City of Kauniainen   -   one of the four towns in the metropolitan region
Kauniaien is situated 15 kilometers west of the capital Helsinki and surrounded by the neighboring town Espoo.
  Kuopio   -   City of Kuopio   -   province of Eastern Finland / region of Northern Savonia
The city is surrounded by lake Kallavesi, and several parts of it are built on islands. Kuopio is famous for a multitude of events and known both as a lively sports centre and a city of rich cultural life. The major annual events include Kuopio Dance Festival in June and Kuopio International Wine Festival in July.
  Levi   -   Finnish Ski resort
Levi attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, seeking extraordinary experiences that only Lapland can offer. Wrapped up snug in the back of a husky sled or racing along frozen expanses by snowmobile - you'll experience activities here you simply won't find elsewhere. No surprise then that, for most people, skiing is definitely not the only thing on the holiday agenda.
  Vantaa   -   City of Vantaa 
  Ylläs   -   Finnish Ski resort
Arctic polar skies provide a stunning backdrop to pristine snow-covered forests and undulating slopes that illuminate before the eyes. Substantial investment has been ploughed into the ski base and ski area over the past few years including a new gondola. Ylläs also boasts the world's first sauna gondola, as well a VIP gondola for private hire, 11 new slopes and a new ski centre. More improvements are planned but what won't change is the warm, friendly welcome you receive from everyone and the unforgettable memories you leave with.

  Hill of Puijo and the Puijo tower
Very popular outdoor recreation area but serves also as a stage for a yearly World Cup ski jumping competition.

  Ski Resorts in Finish Lapland
Centres: Levi, Puhä, Ruka, Saariselkä und Ylläs
  St Thomas Christmas Market  -  Esplanade Park Helsinki
The Esplanade Park is filled with over 120 booths selling Christmas treats, gifts and handicraft. You can even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus.

Cuisine  -  Finnish cooking

The Best of Finnish Cooking  -   by Taimi Previdi
Two hundred easy to follow recipes covering all courses of the meal, along with menu suggestions and cultural background for major holidays and festivities such as Mayday and Midsummer. Simple natural ingredients are favored by the Finns. Includes a Bilingual index.
Paperback 242 pages (January 1, 1995); Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc
Finnish Cookbook 
Presents recipes for both simple dishes and gourmet specialties that reflect traditional as well as modern Finnish cooking.

History of Finland

Independence: 6 December 1917 [ from Russia ].

Old Scandinavian sagas and some historians like Denmark's Saxo Grammaticus and the Arab Al Idrisi tell that there were Finnish kings before Sweden conquered Finland. According to Fundinn Noregr (the founding of Norway) saga one of Finnish kings, Norr, was a founder of Norwegian kingdom and a forefather of kings of Norway and England. Egils saga tells about Faravid, a king of Finland and Kvenland, who was in military co-operation with Norway against the invading Karelians.

  Finland's History   -   WikipediA
Pre-history, Part of Sweden, Russian Grand Duchy, Nationalism, Russification, Independence and Civil War, Successful independence, Finland in the inter-war era, Finland in World War II, Finland's friendship with the Soviet Union, Finland in the post-Soviet era
A Short History of Finland  -  by Fred Singleton
This is a second edition of the successful study of Finland in the English language. A Short History of Finland traces the historical development of the country from its settlement by the Finns in the first millennium AD to the present time, exploring Finland's earlier connection with Sweden, the complex relationship with Russia that has dominated Finnish history in the past two centuries, and the postwar achievements of the second republic. This second edition has been revised and updated by Emeritus Professor A. F. Upton, a leading scholar of Scandinavian history. It covers the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union and brings events up to Finland's admission to the European Union in 1995.
Paperback 221 pages (October 1, 1998); Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Music, Culture & Entertainment

  Cultural Office Helsinki   -   theaters, events, tickets

  Helsinki City Library
Helsinki City Library provides a fundamental civic service available to everyone. As a part of the worldwide network of libraries, they offer customers unrestricted access to sources of culture and information.
  National Library of Finland [ Helsinki University Library ]


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