Flights to Finland – Plan your holiday to the ‘Land of Lights’
A country in Northern Europe, Finland shares its borders with Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east. An archipelago of 70,000 islands, it is a mixture of glistening lakes and vast forest cover, cutting-edge urbanization, and revitalizing fresh air. In the northernmost part of Finland, Northern Lights can be seen during the winter, painting the night sky with surreal, unearthly colors. During the summers, on the other hand, Finland experiences the phenomena of ‘Midnight Sun’, making the night sky all but white in color.
Best time to visit Finland
The country bursts into life during the months of June to August. In these months, several art exhibitions, music festivals, the phenomenon of the ‘Midnight Sun’, Midnight Sun Film Festival, and lake cruises, are hosted in the country, making it the ideal time to visit. Finland gets plenty visitors in October to witness the spectacle of ‘Northern Lights’.
How to reach Finland
The main international airport of Finland is the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, also known as the Helsinki Airport, followed by the Enontekio Airport. The Helsinki Airport is the main hub of the flagship carrier of Finland, Finnair. The international airlines that fly from India to Finland are Aeroflot, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Air India, All Nippon Airways, Jet Airways, British Airways, China Eastern, etc. From India, Finnair operates direct flights to Finland and offers great onboard facilities like delicious meals, fine wine, web check-in, and endless entertainment options.
Staying in Finland
Finland has an array of accommodation options, ranging from hostels to hotels. There’s a dearth of mid-range and budget accommodation options in Helsinki and Lapland. Mostly, only 5-star hotels, luxurious cottages, and swanky guesthouses are found in these cities with tariffs starting at INR 8,500 (approx.) per night. For mid-range accommodation, you can choose to stay in Vantaa and Oulu (tariffs starting at approx. INR 4000 per night).
Attractions in Finland
Helsinki is where people will find the country’s finest art galleries, museums, and restaurants. Some of the must-see tourist spots in Helsinki include the architecture around Senate Square, Finlandia Hall, underground Rock Church and Suomenlinna. The art buffs should visit the Finnish National Museum. The other interesting attractions are the historical sites in Turku, wooden houses of Porvoo, and the Häme Castle in Hämeenlinna. The city of Savonlinna is also worth a visit. The must-see places include Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna Provincial Museum, Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and Savonlinna Market Square.
Finland is home to Lapland – the land of Santa Claus. With cozy log cabins, husky-driven sledges, and a lot of reindeer, this place is magical. Lapland is beautiful, unique, and a must-visit. Finland also offers one of Europe’s best skiing experiences. The skiing season in the country lasts for more than 6 months and during the darkest winter days, the ski slopes are beautifully lit up.
In Finland, saunas are a big part of everyday life. This country has more than 3 million saunas. The Finnish Sauna is an experience you absolutely cannot forgo. If you are into music, especially metal, Finland is the place for you. Known to have most heavy metal bands per capita in the world, catching a metal show in this country is a must! Children of Bodom, HIM, Apocalyptica, Nightwish -- a few names that get metal-heads excited.
Eating out in Finland
The cuisine of Finland is largely composed of bread and potato. When in Finland, you must tuck into Leipäjuusto (oven-cooked cheese and bread), Vispipuuro (cold, whipped porridge made of lingonberries), Mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie), Silakat (pickled & fried herring), Lohikeitto (salmon soup), and Kaalikääryleet (cabbage rolls). Also, the Finns love their coffee. In fact, in this country, coffee breaks for the working class is a must. In Finland, the local varieties of coffee from Wayne's Coffee and Robert's Coffee are worth trying.
Shopping in Finland
Souvenir shopping in Finland is relatively expensive. Traditional buys include handwoven Ryijy rugs and Finnish Puukko knives. Look for the "Sámi Duodji" label for any Lappish handicrafts, certifying the product’s authenticity.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Finland?
From India, Aeroflot offers the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and Finland?
India is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Finland.
•What is the time taken to reach Helsinki from major cities of India?
Delhi to Helsinki: 7 hours and 35 minutes
Bangalore to Helsinki: 12 hours and 25 minutes
Mumbai to Helsinki: 11 hours and 15 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Helsinki from India?
From India to Helsinki, the flights lay over at Paris, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Istanbul, London, Munich, Frankfurt, and many other cities.
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