The first thing you should do when you decide to travel to Finland is to choose the time of year in which to make the trip.
This is a difficult decision, as both summer and winter have some advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will try to list them all to help you decide what is the best time to visit Finland.
When to go to Finland
Helsinki and Lapland are the main tourist destinations in the country and, although both can be visited at any time, each of them has some interesting activities that cannot be done throughout the year.
If you want to enjoy the snowy landscape or do winter activities, the months between November and March are ideal for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer to visit the country with a pleasant temperature, the months of June, July and August are your best option.
Best time to visit Helsinki
The best time to visit the city of Helsinki is during the summer, especially between June and August.
Winters in the Finnish capital can be very cold and the activities with snow that can be done are scarce, so we only recommend travelling to Helsinki in winter if seeing the snowy city is a priority for you.
Helsinki has more pleasant temperatures during the summer months that will make your trip to the Finnish city much easier.
When to travel to Tampere
Tampere is located a little further north of Helsinki, so the ideal time to travel will be very similar to this.
The best time to travel to Tampere is between the months of May and September.
The temperatures are moderate although the rain is present throughout the year, so you will have to prepare the umbrella no matter what time you travel.
Best time to visit Lapland
The Finnish Lapland region is one of the most important tourist destinations in the country during winter. The beautiful forests and snowy landscapes, as well as the countless activities that can be carried out, will make your trip to Lapland in winter unforgettable.
However, you should not forget that temperatures can be very extreme in January and February, especially. For this reason, the best time to travel to Lapland and enjoy the snow is during October, November and December, since the snow will already be present and the temperatures will not have yet reached the annual minimums.
During the summer months, the temperatures are more pleasant and will make your trip through the region more comfortable. You can also enjoy the landscapes of Lapland and its larger towns and cities, such as Rovaniemi.
If your goal is to see the northern lights, you should bear in mind that you will only be able to see them between the months of September and March, so you should not come in summer if it is one of the experiences that you do not want to miss.
When to travel to Turku
The oldest city in Finland is located in the western part of the country, by the sea. The best time to visit Turku is during the summer, as is the case with Helsinki, Tampere and other cities in southern Finland.
During July and August, and even September, you will find the most pleasant and optimal temperatures to visit the city of Turku. Unless the snow is essential for you, we recommend travelling in summer to avoid sub-zero temperatures.
In short, the best time to travel to Finland is summer, since the more pleasant temperatures will make your trip much more comfortable. However, during the winter you can see the snowy landscapes and participate in very interesting activities, so you will have to assess everything before making a decision.
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