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My 1st trip to FINLAND. Tips, accommodation, info...

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1. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Hello everyone!

I will be travelling to Finland from August 20th to September 1st. Flying to Helsinki.
I am completely lost and with no idea of what to see, or do. I have bought a couple of travel guides and a book from a Finnish specialist in Spain, but I wanted to hear your recommendations as well, from people who lives or has travelled to the country.

I was planning on staying in Helsinki for about 3 days, and take a day trip to Tallin in Estonia by ferry, which I know which companies do. And then hire a car for about 8 or 9 days and explore the rest of the country.

Is it best to hire a car or travel on public transport? I love the train, and don't mind using the public transport, but I tend to think that the car gives you more freedom of movement and takes you everywhere you want to go.

What about the accommodation??? I am travelling on a very tight budget, and I don't seem to find anything affordable.

Any travel tips, suggestions on where to go and why, beautiful spots (they don't need to be famous tourist spots... I places off the beaten path), places to go and what to do.

I love food and eating, and would be glad if anyone could tell me a bit about finnish gastronomy.

I know there are a lot of questions in here, but any help, as little as it is, I would be really grateful to get!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks a lot!!!!!

2. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 10y

Lot of questions you have there...

You seem to have a good basic plan: Helsinki + Tallinn + something. There's a lot to see in Helsinki and I'm guessing the main attractions are mentioned in your guide book. I can give you further suggestions depending on what your interests are..? Also, for exploring other parts of Finland, it depends on your interests. But I would recommend places quite near Helsinki like Turku, Tampere or Porvoo. In these places they do have hostels and budget hotels, I'd say you can get a room for 45-60 euros/night/room (?). If you want to explore countryside, there's lots of places you could go. And may be rent a cottage..?

About transportation... If you're going to visit places like Tampere, Turku or Porvoo, there are very good bus and train connections. But if you're interested in nature and countryside, car is your best option.

3. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

hi vilmalotta!

thanks for your reply!
40€ per room per night seems the ideal budget for me. although I know Finland doesn't result to be a cheap country for a spaniard like me.
My interests are getting a general idea of the country, gastronomy, hiking, maybe fishing (i can try that, I know there are plenty of lakes over there ), I like nature, but also lively cities. Kind people and good food are the two neccesary things for me to have a great evening for example!

Anyway, thanks for your recommendations.

4. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 10y

Hi again, :)

If you want to go hiking, check here what they have to offer in different nature reserves around Finland. For example Nuuksio nature reserve is in Espoo, which is next to Helsinki.
Same site also includes tips where to go fishing.

And here you can find info on accomondations in nature parks.
Some of them should be quite inexpensive.

And here's some info on traditional Finnish food. This Virtual Finland site has lots of other useful info on Finland as well.

Welcome to Finland! I'm sure you'll have fun!

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7. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

If you're on really tight budget, you might want to stay in Estonia for more than just a day. Tallinn and Estonia in general are at least twice as cheap as Finland and Helsinki. For a day trip, don't pick a large ferry to go to Tallinn and back, these take over three hours to cross the Finnish Gulf.
Public transport is excellent (and expensive) in Finland, so I'm not sure whether hiring a car would be cheaper than using buses/trains to get around. In Helsinki I've stayed in Eurohostel, single room will cost a bit below 40€/night, and it's location is good. Also I'm sure that you won't have a problem with coming across some place that serves traditional Finnish food. Different kind of meat/fish with potatoes and such. And be sure to try salmiakki just for the sake of it!
If you have more specific questions about Tallinn, I'll be glad to try to answer them. I spent 4 days in Helsinki last week, but that was all about clubbing and partying.

8. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Thank you all for your valuable information.
I am still working on what to do, or where to go, not even discarding the chance of spending a couple of nights in St Petersburg... Anyway, all your info is great and is helping me a great deal.


9. Posted by finlander (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Since you have finished your finland trip, now I wish you didn't miss the Finland Saunas:-) I spent half a month to travel around Scandinavia when I was studied in a Denmark university 2 years ago. It's a good way to open your mind as well as to meet people. Finland, with a population of around five million, have more than 2.5 million saunas, people there enjoy the extreme contrast between 180 celcius degree steam and icy cold: Finland Saunas