Skip to content
Grand Tour of Scandinavia- Helsinki

Finland

Close your eyes and picture Finland. What do you see? A never-ending Nordic wilderness? Perhaps miles and miles of lush green forest or herds of reindeer in a winter wonderland? Do you vision trendy towns with arresting architecture, throbbing with cafes, bars and art, or is it the dreamlike Northern Lights you see? Actually, it’s all of the above, plus more. Throw in one of the most charming capital cities in Europe, a few million saunas, 188,000 shimmering lakes, 37 national parks, a Santa Claus and an untainted coastline, dotted with picturesque inlets and islands – you just might get the picture. Whichever way you see it, Finland is just fabulous.

Start your adventure in Helsinki’s neoclassical Senate Square, which boasts the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, plenty of Art Nouveau architecture, the bronze statue of Alexander II, Finlandia Hall, Government Palace and the National Library of Finland. Don’t miss the unusual Sibelius monument and astonishing modern "Church-in-the-Rock". Stroll in the harbour side market or take the ferry from Market Square to the Suomenlinna Island fortress, which is packed with museums and military remnants. Away from the city you have the vast countryside and unspoiled islands, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. The colourful Lakeland gives way to the snow-covered Lapland, and the smaller towns have much history and culture to offer.

Summertime in Helsinki is the time for picnicking in the park, wining and dining on the terraces, hopping from one exciting event - be it a festival, street market, or an art exhibition - to the other. The café tradition is very much alive in all the country’s chic towns, and many festivals are held throughout the year. View more trips to Finland.


Featured Tours

  • From the Midnight Sun to the Little Mermaid and from crossing the Arctic Circle to crossing the northern seas, Scandinavia is truly an astonishing part of the world.

  • Discover how these countries have been shaped by conflict, from the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Cold War. Experience Baroque splendour and marvel Scandinavian design.

  • Sail the Baltic Sea, crossing rolling tundra and glassy fjords on your search for the midnight sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and striking scenery.

Have you been naughty or nice? It doesn’t matter because Mr Claus has set up a village right on the Arctic Circle and you can sit on his knee every day of the year! Want to try herding Santa’s reindeer? Visit Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland to get into the Lapp culture. Also try a traditional Lapp dinner or a performance of local folk dancing.

Tour Director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Tour Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Tour Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 7˚C45˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 20˚C68˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 9˚C48˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: -3˚C27˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 2hr

  • Currency

    1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents

When to go: June-August for the warmest climates of the year to experience the immense forests that Finland offers.

England - Insight Vacations

The Insight Difference

Enjoy unique escorted vacations, with signature business class travel, expert Tour Directors and hand picked hotels in the best locations.

Tour Director - Insight Vacations

Meet our Tour Directors

Our Tour Directors know your destination, its culture and history inside out – and they create experiences you'll cherish forever.

2017 Europe - Insight Vacations

Request a brochure

Browse brochures online, order free copies and DVDs, or create your own bespoke eBrochure.