What should tourists know before coming to Finland?
A high standard of living, good ecology, beautiful nature and many opportunities for travel and recreation – all this attracts tourists from all over the world to visit Finland. (Check out my last blog on the reasons for traveling to Finland.) However, travelers need to be aware of a lot of things to have a great holiday.
In addition to the obvious tips, such as checking the weather in advance and preparing a visa, there are others that tourists often do not know about.
What should a tourists know before coming to Finland?
There are a few rules to be aware of in Finland.
Smoking in public places is prohibited in the country. In Finland, smoking is allowed only at home (not on the balcony, since the smoke can get to neighbors) and outdoors, outside public places.
Those who plan to visit Finland by car will have to keep the utmost attention on the roads. In the northern regions, moose and deer often cross the roadway.
Finns love pets and take good care of them. However, unlike some other European countries, pets are not allowed in all cafes, restaurants, and shops. The same about hotels. (When booking a hotel, you should clarify this issue.). In hotels that provide such services, the owners of the pets usually have to pay extra. The trains have carriages in which people can travel with animals, which is indicated by stickers on the cars.
Urban transport is developed, especially in large cities. After paying for your ticket, do not forget to take it with you and keep it until the end of the trip. In the subway and trams, you can often find controllers who will check them. If you plan to use public transport frequently, it is worth purchasing daily tickets.
The waters in Finland are very clean, so do not be surprised if you get tap water in a bar or restaurant.
Tips for tourists.
Finland has excellent opportunities for a beach holiday. There are a lot of places where you can sunbathe and swim, as well as the local beaches are one of the cleanest and most well-groomed in Europe. Many Finns like to come to these beaches in the summer on boats and stay there overnight.
As souvenirs from Suomi, tourists bring designer products made of glass, ceramics, wood and metal, national Finnish dolls, the famous Fazer chocolate. The symbol of Finland is the elk, and figurines made from it are in great demand. Moomin figurines are no less popular.
Finnish cuisine is not exotic and complex, it is fresh, high quality and natural. Potatoes, smoked salmon, vegetables, and rye bread will look like a typical Finnish dish. I advise to try the fish, as it is incredibly tasty here. Restaurants with national cuisine are ubiquitous.
The main thing upon arrival in Finland is to take warm clothes with you and a good mood for travel. Share your travel tips for this fabulous northern country.