Category: Travelling in Finland

Horse sleighing in the snow while watching the starry sky.

What should tourists know before coming to Finland?

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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.

A man relaxing in a jacuzzi watching the northern lights.

Reasons for traveling to Finland.

Posted By : Anita/ 29 1

Reasons for traveling to Finland.

 

Hey! This is Anita, the Ecotravellers’ new trainee. I am the first international student in this company! I am very happy to be part of the team and I hope to bring something new to the company.

This post will be useful for those who are choosing a place for their next trip or for those who still have doubts about whether to go to Finland. So why visit Suomi? What are the reasons for traveling to Finland?

 

Why visit Finland?

I am often asked this question when I talk about my travels in Finland. Indeed, at first glance, there is nothing special there what mainly attracts tourists: there are no luxurious palaces, antique ruins, huge waterfalls, and so on. However, believe me, Finland is an unusual and charming place!

 

Reasons for traveling to Finland.

One of the main reasons to visit the country is Finnish stunning wildlife. You may have already heard that Finland is a land of thousands of lakes. Moreover, more than 70% of Finland is covered with magnificent forests, it is more than in any other country in Europe! The Finns are very concerned about the environment preservation. The best way to appreciate the delights of living in nature is to stay in an eco-friendly accommodation such as the Igloo.

Here everyone will find activities of interest. There are many sports facilities in the country that are available to everyone for free. There are huge parks with cycling and jogging tracks. In summer, there are an unusually large number of cyclists, runners, and Nordic walking enthusiasts. Ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Finland, although there are other sports too, such as biathlon, skiing, and snowboarding.

Saunas are an integral part of Finnish culture and a national treasure. There are about 2 million saunas in the country with a population of 5 million people, on average, every Finnish family has one. The modern variety and convenience of saunas allows you to satisfy any whim, there is even a sauna in the Ferris wheel booth right in the center of Helsinki.

Finland is rich in historical monuments, museums, wonderful architectural works. Despite Finland’s small size, there are hundreds of museums that cannot be visited in one trip. Every house and every street in Helsinki are already history!

Finns are very friendly, polite, and welcoming, and they will always come to the rescue if something happens. The crime rate in Finland is very low, you can walk everywhere at night without fear of a hooligan attack or robbery. Respect for other people’s property, opinion and life explains the low crime rate.

The polar lights and white nights are wonderful and fantastic phenomena. In winter, the aurora borealis glitters enchantingly with lights over the sparkling white of the snow. And in summer, the sun sets behind the horizon for literally half an hour, and if the weather is clear, then the rays paint the sky and clouds in bright pure colors.

Moomins are beloved characters of children and adults all over the world. If you are traveling to Finland with children, be sure to make a route to get to famous places, one way or another connected with these cute creatures. The journey promises to be truly magical.

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi is one of the main attractions, and for many people it is the main reason for traveling to Finland. Here letters from children from all over the world get into, here Santa learns about the innermost wishes and dreams of millions of people. If you want to see Santa Claus, learn about his life and work, get acquainted with the friendly elves, you do not have to wait for Christmas and New Year. Santa’s residence is open all year round and in summer visiting it is no less interesting and exciting than in winter.

 

I have just told you about a few reasons for travelling to Finland, but I assure you there are many more! This fabulous country is worthy of the attention of every traveler. Next time I will tell you what you need to know before traveling to Finland and share some tips with you.

If you have not planned your trip yet, and you want it to be memorable, then contact us.

A man admiring the lakeview from the deck of a glass igloo.

Floating igloo – unique glamping experience in Helsinki

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Hi! It’s Katariina here, Ecotravellers’ new trainee. I am a soon-to-be bachelor of tourism and for my last internship before graduating I wanted to learn more about tourism marketing and sustainable tourism. I am very excited to have joined the team at Ekomatkaajat / Ecotravellers Finland. Upon agreeing about the internship, I was given a very special task: stay the night in a floating igloo in Helsinki. Seriously? Wow, I think I am the luckiest trainee on earth.

About the AuroraHut floating igloo

Before arriving at the floating igloo, I did not want to read too much about it because I wanted to keep my reaction and thoughts as authentic as possible. However, here are a few facts about the AuroraHut floating igloo for you to better understand what I’m talking about. AuroraHut is an igloo-shaped boat with glass walls and glass roof. Boat because the igloo has a motor and can be driven to different spots on the water. The igloo can also be placed on ice during winter. The floating igloo is equipped with a double bed, small kitchen, composting toilet, and food cellar. I stayed at the floating igloo with a friend, and one of the things that amazed us the most was the attention put into details of the igloo. Everything was well-thought-through from reading lights and built-in Bluetooth speaker to wifi-connection and even an ice-fishing hole on the floor!

Enjoying the changing scenery through the igloo’s windows

The weather forecast for the day and night that we were going to spend at the floating igloo did not look too good: thunder, rain, and clouds. Typical to Finland, the forecast ended up changing. However, we got to follow the changing weather conditions through the glass windows: rain, clouds, sun, and even a beautiful rainbow that appeared in the afternoon. In the evening the sky turned pink and finally the city lights were switched on. I noticed my mood changing together with the weather. Being so caught up in the scenery changes and living in the moment, I felt like our stay was longer than just one night. It was like a mini getaway from the daily life.

Just a one-time wonder?

Something I thought about before the experience was whether staying at a floating igloo would be just a one-time thing, cool to try out once in your life and then moving on to the next new thing. While looking through the windows I found myself thinking how different the experience might be in different destinations, during different seasons and even in the same place from day-to-day depending on the weather. That is why I believe that there are no two identical stays at the AuroraHut.

The best of camping and a hotel stay at once

The term glamping, short for glamorous camping, has been trending in tourism during the latest years. The definition is “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping” (Oxford Languages). I would say that the experience of staying at a floating igloo is glamping at its best. You get the perks of being surrounded by nature without having to worry about freezing yourself, getting soaked by a sudden thunderstorm or my favorite, attacked by the mosquitoes.

Environmental impacts of the floating igloo

Since the floating igloos are leased and sold through Ekomatkaajat / Ecotravellers Finland, I knew that staying there would be an environmentally friendly option. AuroraHuts are manufactured here in Finland, and for all the details, the company has collaborated with brands that are best on their field regarding eco-friendliness. The floating igloo does not need a building permit. Therefore, it won’t ruin the natural scenery. The igloo is heated with renewable fuel and operates with solar and biofuel power.

 

So, was the experience worth the hype? Yes definitely, if not even more so. Staying in a floating igloo is a very unique experience by itself. Staying in a floating igloo knowing you are choosing an eco-friendly accommodation option – even better.

Interested in reading more about unique accommodation options? Read also our previous post about tentsiles and sleeping in a reindeer park.

Hidden treasures – unique accommodation in Finland

Posted By : Maria Ojajärvi/ 133

Ecotravellers Finland, established 2017, is company specialised in sustainable tourism in Finland. We have chosen ecological accommodations around Finland for our customers. Here are some of my favorite accommodations in Helsinki and Espoo!

Suggestion for 2021 – Helsinki

Are you interested in contemporary art? The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in Vallisaari Island 12.6.–26.9.2021. 

This unique nature tourism destination was opened for tourists in 2016. Vallisaari is also home to 1,000 butterfly species and moth species. This island is worth a visit!

Vallisaari is located only 20 minutes by boat from the Market Square in Helsinki. There are no hotels or hostels in Vallisaari. If you want to sleep in Vallisaari tree tentsile is the only option.

Suggestion for 2021 – Espoo

Nuuksio is easily accessible by public transportation. There are over 80 little lakes and ponds inside Nuuksio National Park and more than 30 kilometres of marked trails.

There are a lot of activities in Nuuksio to choose from.

Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is the first public building in Finland built entirely of wood. Exhibitions are worth visiting and the food in restaurant Haltia is very good and made of finnish ingredients.

Nuuksio offers two unique and ecological accommodations. Sleeping in a tree sounds amazing. It is very easy to climb into the tree tentsile and everything has been taken care of in advance. You will have guidance for all you need.

Another option is sleeping inside of Nuuksio Reindeer Park. Handcrafted Iglu cabin is made from natural materials. The iglu is very comfortable inside. When you open your window reindeer will come to greet you.  I totally well in love with this place!   

So – when are you planning on coming to Finland?