Finland: Modern Scene, Unspoiled Scenery
A prosperous, educated, and technologically advanced society on the top of the world, Finland is home to a unique culture formed by Nordic, Russian, and European influences and a fiercely independent spirit. This guide will help you appreciate this often-overlooked country, and direct you to resources that will help you plan a trip.
Finland is the home of modern cities and untouched wilderness, endless nights and midnight suns, ... read more »
Finland is a very modern and safe society, with laws and entry requirements typical of countries in ... read more »
Whether by plane, train, boat, or car, Finland is simple to get to if you know what you’re ... read more »
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The most useful information on traveling oftentimes comes from other travelers, many of whom have aired their views online.
- Travel reviews from newspapers are more reliable, but blogs and user comments can be very candid and useful, too. Don’t let the opinion of one user deter you from trying a particular experience, however.
- Many writers and users include their e-mail addresses on these sites; don’t be afraid to e-mail them and ask about their experiences.
For newspaper reviews …
The Washington Post
had two writers spend three weeks in Helsinki and blog about their experiences. Each blog entry has hundreds of user comments, which can be as useful for travelers as the blog itself.
The Independent of London
has a travel review of Lapland with descriptions of Sami culture and places of interest. It’s a dense read (that could use some colorful photos) but is jam packed with information on this remote region.
For user opinions …
allows users to post their travel experiences in a variety of ways. Most useful are the “Thorn Tree Forum” and the “Bluelist” where users can post their favorite travel experiences that are often overlooked by mainstream travel guides. This link takes you to a search for “Finland,” though city- or region-specific search terms can also be used.
offers a user-generated travel guide for Finland featuring reviews, tips, cautions, hidden gems, and other useful information. Found a user who shares your interests and travel expectations? It’s easy to search by user and find all of his or her entries on the site.
boasts an active community of travelers who have posted blogs and photographs of their trips to Finland. Send a message to a collection of “Travel Helpers
” to receive personalized advice based on their own experiences traveling or living in Finland. Travellerspoint requires you to sign up for a free membership.
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