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Finland

Discover this Winter Wonderland by train!

 

Finland is beautiful in all four seasons. Visit in winter and you'll see cities and landscapes covered with pure white snow, or visit in summer for days when the sun never sets. Popular for its unspoiled nature and outdoor activities, Finland is perfect for exploring by train. Try chasing the Northern Lights, chilling out in a traditional sauna and don't miss the thrill of a husky-driven sled ride.

Finland quick facts

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Finnish & Swedish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +358

Trains in Finland

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Interrail passes for Finland

Interrail Finland Pass

The Interrail Finland Pass is the best way to visit Finland's highlights, like Helsinki, Turku, Vaasa and Lapland.

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Interrail Global Pass

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Pass benefits in Finland

Get discounts on ferry crossings and attractions, as well as other useful benefits.

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Places to visit

    Coastline of Aland island
Coastline of Aland island

A-class island

Explore Finland’s Åland – an archipelago of more than 6,000 islands in the Baltic Sea. The prime time to visit is between May and September. These Swedish-speaking islands can be reached from Turku on the south-west of Finland. The islands are flat, so ideal for exploring by bike. For the more adventurous, there are perfect conditions for kite-surfing and kayak surfing. Degersand is one of the favoured spots, thanks to its strong southerly winds.

tip-image There is a train station next to Turku harbour where you can take a ferry to Åland. Degersand is about 40 kilometres from the port in Maarianhamina. There are no trains on the island so hiring a car, or sharing a taxi are the easiest options.
    Olavinlinna castle
Olavinlinna castle

Cracking castles and simmering saunas

Those in search of dramatic Finnish castles should go to Savonlinna in the south of the country and visit Olavinlinna castle. The 14th century fortress lies within stunning lake scenery. Each summer the enchanting Savonlinna opera festival is held within the Medieval walls. For a typically Finnish experience visit a traditional wood-heated chimneyless smoke sauna. One of the best (and the largest in the world) is Jätkänkämppä sauna in Kuopio – lay back and enjoy the heat. To cool down, take a dip in the lake and then enjoy a nice cold beer as you marvel at the blistering views.

tip-image Olavinlinna castle is a 10-minute walk from Kauppatori train station. To reach the sauna, take a train to Kuopio and from there it is a short taxi ride.
    Oulu train station
Oulu train station

Finnish city up north

Although Helsinki is the main party hub, in Oulu far in Finland’s north, there’s also plenty going on by night. Well-known for its thriving computing industry, Oulu is also a buzzing student city and a place worth visiting on a journey up north. The city exists across a number of islands, each connected by foot bridges. Cycling is the preferred means of transportation. During midsummer, the sun doesn’t set, so take advantage of this bizarre phenomenon and stay up all night! If you’re heading there in winter, you’ll experience quite the opposite with almost total darkness encapsulating the skies.

tip-image The train brings you into the centre of Oulu.
    Suomenlinna island near Helsinki
Suomenlinna island near Helsinki

Helsinki - a vibrant and modern capital

Finland’s dynamic capital, Helsinki has an Eastern European touch if compared to the other Scandinavian capitals. Finland is a coastal city and radiates from the busy harbour, which itself is a treat – take a stroll in the area and marvel at the impressive ships passing in and out. Take a boat out to Suomenlinna, an island just off the coast. The main attraction is the fortress, which was built by the Swedes in 1748 and later seized by the Russians. During the summer the island is a popular escape with locals, as a getaway from city life and you’ll find many people picnicking under the sun.

tip-image The harbour is a 20-minute walk from Helsinki’s main train station.
 Northern lights, Finnish Lapland
Northern lights, Finnish Lapland

Northern light spectacle

When in Finland you must venture to one of the world’s most remote places, Lapland. It’s home to seven national parks, but Pallas-Yllästunturi is possibly the best-loved. Enjoy the arctic scenery via one of the many hiking and nature trails. A must-see when in the north is the unique image of the Northern Lights. This natural occurrence is caused when the solar wind stream collides with the Earth’s magnetic field, leaving an astonishing light performance of colour, spray painting the sky. This spectacle can be viewed anywhere in Lapland and the best viewing months are in spring and autumn.

tip-image The nearest train station to Pallas-Yllästunturi in Lapland is Kolari and from there it is about 1,5 hours by car.

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Traveled Finland by Interrail - great experience!


​Interrail is a great way to travel and to get in contact with other people. Especially in Finland the train system was very well established. Even though to the smaller cities you can most likely find a train connection. The trains in Finland via VR are almost always on time, they are much bigger and more comfortable than the trains in Germany. You have great Wireless Internet even though in the smaller regional trains. The employee is very polite and everyone speaks english very well. It is possible get a sleeping place in the night train to the North for a supplementary charge. For my opinion, especially for students, it could be a little bit cheaper. That's why 4/5 stars. Nevertheless: If you want to travel Finland, i can absolutley recommand Interrail! I think it's the best way to see this beautiful country.

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