Finland Tourism

Finland Tourism

ideas for outdoor activities

Finland is an ideal country for active travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

People often say about her: “What did we not see there? Pines and swamps! " But there are nine natural zones - from the Baltic Sea in the south to the tundra in the north. There are also many opportunities for practicing various sports in Finland, all year round.

It was in Finland that I became interested in outdoor activities. There, for the first time, I saw marked trails in the forests, equipped places for tents and campfires, information stands with maps and other tourist infrastructure that makes outdoor recreation very comfortable.

I went on my first hike to the Finnish National Park in April. In July, I stayed with the Finns in a cottage on the lake, where we fished, steamed in the sauna, and dived into the cool water at sunset. In September, he collected mushrooms and berries in pine forests, which occupy 75% of the country's territory. In January, at -30 ° C, I skated on frozen lakes. I'll tell you more about these and other summer and winter activities.

Take a walk in the Finnish National Park

There are 40 national parks in Finland in total. This is a lot for such a small country: for example, in huge Russia there are 55 of them, and in the USA - 60. There are other natural areas: reserves, natural parks, special pedestrian zones for long hikes, and the like.

If you have not been to Finland or a national park, three parks are suitable for the first time. You can look there during a regular trip, even if you do not plan to turn your trip into a hike:

  • Koli is 60 km from the Finnish city of Joensuu and 130 km from the Karelian village of Vyartsilya.
  • Nuuksio is 33 km from Helsinki.
  • Repovesi - 30 km from the city of Kouvola, which can be reached from St. Petersburg in 4 hours.
View from the roof of the Haltia Nature Museum - it is located at the entrance to the Nuuksio National Park from the east

All national parks have marked routes from several to tens of kilometers in length, equipped parking and cooking areas, huts or tents in the trees, which can be rented at a price of 180 € (12 690 R) per night for two people. They were invented in the UK, but the Finns are one of the first to build whole campsites from these tents in the trees. In addition, the parks have birdwatching towers and wooden trails through the marshes. You can walk on them without fear that you will fail and drown.

Koli National Park is the most famous of the 40 Finnish national parks, which also works as a ski resort in winter. The Finns call the landscapes of the park national - for example, the view of the huge lake Pielinen from the hills 300 meters high. I agree with the Finns: here are the most beautiful views that I was able to observe during 10 trips to Finland.

It's worth coming to the park for a day or two with an overnight stay. There is a Sokos hotel on the territory, though quite expensive: for example, on Christmas from January 6 to January 7, a standard double room costs from 200 € (14,200 R), and on ordinary, non-holidays - from 150 € (10,650 R) ...

I advise you to walk through the park from May to November in three to four days with a tent, as I did in May 2016. It's only 30 kilometers, but you don't want to rush anywhere, rather the opposite: you want to stretch the pleasure. Even children will master the route: the relief is not difficult, although there are several hills.

Finland and Russia are betting on the development of tourism and manufacturing, implementing large-scale joint projects.

Visit Finland analyzes the trends of the travel market together with Russian colleagues, UPM Chudovo plant is entering new capacities, and Eltete produces environmentally friendly packaging in the Leningrad region.

Russian tourists choose Finland

The upward trend in the attractiveness of Finland as a tourist destination for Russians became one of the main topics of the workshop organized in Moscow by the national tourism office of Finland Visit Finland.

“2019 in terms of the volume of the Russian market is at a stable level, and even with a slight increase in the summer,” said the representative of Visit Finland, Aleksandra Shakhnovich. The maximum increase occurred in May: 73%.

Russian tourists are especially interested in cultural, educational and gastronomic trips to Finland. In summer, gastronomic tours are often combined with fishing. The demand for visits to Finnish wineries is also growing.

Active recreation in nature attracts Russian tourists to Finland during the New Year holidays. Image: Business Finland/Juho Kuva

New Year holidays remain a popular time to trips to Finland in order to outdoor in nature. Russian tourists book hotels and cottages for the period of winter holidays in the summer.

The Finnish side also celebrates the increased purchasing activity of guests from Russia. Arina Toyvonen (Arina Toivonen) from Visit Levi emphasized that the Russians "stopped explicitly saved."

new UPM capacities miudo

New production facilities were launched on September 10 at the UPM plywood plant in the Chuda (Novgorod region). The Finnish corporation has invested in an investment project about 50 million euros.

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Apparently the paradise would look like this if it was in the north. In transparent Finnish rivers, a trout is found, a lower grows on forest edges. Not in vain Finland in his time, Russian emperors were in his time - Alexander II hunked here on bears, and Alexander III passionately fishing, throwing royal affairs. In this country, you can bathe in the sauna and clog the car trunk shopping, as well as walk through the wonderful local museums and impressive ancient fortresses.

And the Finns still have its own local "Disneyland", only instead of Mickey Mausov live in mumi-trolls.

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In Finland, in addition to typical Finnish, you can also meet dishes from all over the world, from pizza and hamburger to delicacies of different countries. Public catering can be easily found along all major roads, in settlements and in cities. Catering companies with large gas stations are open around the clock. Food food products are sold in stores, gas station and in kiosks.

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Finnish dishes with love and care are prepared from environmentally friendly natural products. Each region has its traditional dishes characteristic of local flavors and preferences. The basis of these dishes is the most typical and easily accessible in this area products. Identity and Easter celebrate home, in the family, and the food is one of the main elements of the holiday. The Christmas table, for example, is always rich in fish, salads and casseroles, but the most honorable place on it occupies a huge ham, fried on slow fire. The raisin of the Easter table is called "Mammy" - this is a saturated dark pudding from gentle rusty grains, which is served with cream and sugar. A delightful "Easter", without which the festive table of Orthodox believers cannot do, is loved today in all corners of Finland.

If you want to eat out, you can choose from small, cozy restaurants as well as first-class large restaurants that often serve congresses and conferences. The menu is seasonal. For dessert, cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, blueberries are often served. They usually eat at the following times: breakfast from 7 to 10, lunch from 11 to 14, dinner from 19 to midnight. However, as a rule, hot meals are served at any time the restaurant is open. poor meals in restaurants usually start at 4 euros. Inexpensive lunches are served in cafes (kahvila) and bars (baari). Beer and spirits are served in restaurants from 9 am. A standard serving of alcohol is 40 g (4cl) for spirits, 120 g (12cl) for table wine, and 80 g (8cl) for other wines. It is prohibited to bring your own alcoholic drinks to the restaurant.

Some price examples (euros) A portion of French fries 1.07 Big mac 2.16 A glass of Coca-Cola 0.4L 2.19 A cup of coffee in a cafe 0.76-1.08

Tourism in Finland is one of the elements of the Finnish economy. In 2011, the country was visited by 7.3 million tourists, which is 17% more than in 2010 [1] [2]. In 2013, only for tourists from Russia, Finland issued more than 1.5 million visas [3], but the decrease in the number of Russian travelers since 2014 is pushing the tourism business in Finland to more intensive development of the Asian segment of the industry and domestic tourism [4] [5] [ 6].

According to the MEK Tourism Promotion Center, the development of the tourism business in the country is constrained by the stereotypes prevailing among foreigners that Finland is a distant, cold and expensive country, in connection with which MEK urged to destroy the prevailing prejudices [7]. As part of this strategy, the Finnish actor Ville Haapasalo began a series of seminars for Finnish entrepreneurs on the marketing of tourism services to Russian tourists [8].

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One of the most popular cities among foreign tourists is the capital of Finland - Helsinki [9]. Other major cities are also popular: Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Kuopio [10] and Porvoo, and during the Christmas and New Year periods, the capital region attracts especially tourists from Russia, who stay here longer than usual and spend more money than others. arrivals [11].

According to the unified museum map that has appeared since May 2015 (it is sold at the museum box offices and is valid throughout the year), you can visit more than 200 museums in the country [12].

Among the natural monuments of Finland are the mountain Aavasaksa, located near the Arctic Circle, Lake Saimaa [13] and others.

Ski tourism [edit]

In Finland, mostly in Lapland, winter tourism is developed - downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog and reindeer sledding (resort in Ylläs and others). The resorts of Salla, Pyhä, Ruka (near Kuusamo) [14], Suomu (near Kemijärvi), Saariselka, Levi [15] and Ylläs are known for their ski slopes.

Experts note a significant increase in the share of Russian tourists coming to ski resorts in Finland in their cars (ski resorts Pyhä, Tahko, Himos and others), which puts Russia in the rank of the second domestic region for marketing local tourism services. [16] In 2012, during the New Year holidays, Finland visited

According to the MEK Tourism Promotion Center, the development of the tourism business in the country is constrained by the stereotypes prevailing among foreigners that Finland is a distant, cold and expensive country, in connection with which MEK urged to destroy the prevailing prejudices [7]. As part of this strategy, the Finnish actor Ville Haapasalo began a series of seminars for Finnish entrepreneurs on the marketing of tourism services to Russian tourists [8].

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Popular routes

One of the most popular cities among foreign tourists is the capital of Finland - Helsinki [9]. Other major cities are also popular: Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Kuopio [10] and Porvoo, and during the Christmas and New Year periods, the capital region attracts especially tourists from Russia, who stay here longer than usual and spend more money than others. arrivals [11].

According to the unified museum map that has appeared since May 2015 (it is sold at the museum box offices and is valid throughout the year), you can visit more than 200 museums in the country [12].

Among the natural monuments of Finland are the mountain Aavasaksa, located near the Arctic Circle, Lake Saimaa [13] and others.

Ski tourism

In Finland, mostly in Lapland, winter tourism is developed - downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog and reindeer sledding (resort in Ylläs and others). The resorts of Salla, Pyhä, Ruka (near Kuusamo) [14], Suomu (near Kemijärvi), Saariselka, Levi [15] and Ylläs are known for their ski slopes.

Experts note a significant increase in the share of Russian tourists coming to ski resorts in Finland in their cars (ski resorts Pyhä, Tahko, Himos and others), which puts Russia in the rank of the second domestic region for marketing local tourism services. [16] In 2012, during the New Year holidays, Finland visited

400 thousand tourists from Russia, which is 10% more than in 2011 [17].

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