Lapland & Finland Tours & Trips
Cross the Arctic Circle on our winter trips to Lapland and take in the beautiful Finnish capital of Helsinki with our range of Finland tours.
Finland is a great option for those looking for a winter holiday in northern Europe, especially if travelling with children. The winter wonderland of Lapland is home to Santa Claus, the perfect backdrop for a family adventure. But Finland is a great adult-only destination too. For thrill-seekers, there are outdoor activities aplenty, including reindeer farm visits and sleigh rides, huskies, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and ice swimming. Plus of course, the magical Northern Lights.
Take a long weekend to explore Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, or spend a week enjoying winter activities in nearby Levi or Kuhmo. Cross the Arctic Circle, meet Santa, learn how to drive a husky sled, make your own Christmas gifts out of reindeer antlers and stay in an enchanting glass igloo - perfect for viewing the Northern Lights.
Our Finland tours run from November to March every year, so if you have family plans over the holidays then there's still plenty of time to book that Finnish winter break! But Finland is the perfect place to enjoy the magic of Christmas, which is why we offer special festive departures of our Finland tours every year.
Our range of Finland tours make for the perfect European winter adventure. Think husky sleigh rides, reindeer farms, snowmobiles, and Northern Lights. Nights spent in incredible glass igloos or exploring Helsinki and the neighbouring Baltic countries. We have special Christmas and New Year departures too!
These Finland tours are semi-independent, meaning you'll have the services of our tour guides for included activities, but you'll also have plenty of free time to explore independently and take part in optional excursions and activities - perfect flexibility! The exception to this is our fully escorted Baltic Start to Finnish, which takes in the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia alongside Helsinki, capital of Finland.
Finland is an amazing family destination, with Lapland being home to Santa Claus! Children aged four and over are welcome on these tours, and highlights include meeting Father Christmas at Santa's Village, crossing the Arctic Circle, and meeting huskies and reindeer with fun-filled sleigh rides. With airport transfers included and the services of expert guides for sightseeing, all the hassle of travel is taken right out of your hands. So you can focus on creating fun-filled memories in Finland with the family!
Frequently asked questions about our Finland tours
Will I see the Northern Lights on your Finland tours?
Our group tours in Rovaniemi and Kuhmo are perfect for spotting the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), as they are northern locations in or near the Arctic Circle. Although you won't see the Northern Lights amongst the bright lights of the cities, you can head into the countryside on included or optional excursions to try and catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon.
Each of our group tours in Finland has a host of included and optional activities. Activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing, tobogganing, husky sleigh rides, and cross-country skiing, with more information available on the tour page for each holiday.
If witnessing the Northern Lights is your main reason for visiting Finland, we recommend our Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer tour. On this trip you will spend a night in a glass igloo, keeping warm and toasty with your eyes fixed upwards on the night sky - it's the best chance you can get in Finland to spot the Northern Lights, and a unique experience too!
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Finland is between the months of December - March, when our Finland tours operate. Of course, Northern Lights viewing cannot be guaranteed, but you have a great chance of seeing them on our Finland tours!
I want to take my children to see Santa Claus, can I do this on your Finland tours?
It's every child's dream to meet Father Christmas in Lapland, and our family tours to Finland can help make these dreams come true, creating unforgettable memories for the whole family!
Travellers on our Lapland Family Explorer, Lapland & the Arctic Circle and Lapland Explorer Finland tours will visit Santa Claus' Village to meet the man himself. And if travelling on our Christmas in Finland festive Finland tour, you'll also meet Santa, just a few days before he sets off on Christmas Eve to deliver presents around the world.
What do you mean by "semi-independent"?
The majority of our Finland tours are "semi-independent". This means that while you will enjoy the services of our qualified tour guides for included sightseeing and activities, you will not be fully escorted. This gives you more time and flexibility to enjoy relaxing in your hotel or partaking in optional activities as you see fit - shaping your own Finland experiences. You will still enjoy included airport transfers on our Finland tours, for a hassle-free arrival and departure.
When is the best time to visit Finland?
The winter months of November - March are the most popular time to visit Finland, especially around Christmas. The countryside is blanketed in snow and the Northern Lights dance across the night sky. The summer months of May - July are a good time to visit Helsinki, with pleasant temperatures, though the short nights of the midnight sun are in full force, so remember to pack an eye mask for sleeping! There's more detail in our guide on when to visit Finland.
How big are the groups on your Finland tours?
Our small group Finland tours depart with a minimum of 2-4 passengers, and the maximum group size is 30 on most trips, though rises to 38 on our Christmas and New Year tours.
What sort of accommodation do you use in Finland?
On our group tours in Finland, you will stay in well-located 3-4 star hotels. You can find information about the hotels we regularly use on the tour page for each trip.
It is worth noting that on our Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer Finland tour, you will spend a cozy winter night in a glass igloo, looking out for the Northern Lights.
And on our Lapland Explorer trip, you will stay at the Levi Hotel Spa, with full access to the hotel's spa included. It is also possible on this tour to upgrade your accommodation to the Break Sokos Hotel Levi. Speak to our team for more information!
What do I need to pack for my winter trip to Finland?
Finnish Lapland is in and around the Arctic Circle, so things can get chilly! We have a detailed Lapland packing list in our Travel Guide, and you'll find suggestions on what to pack in the Trip Notes for your Finland or Lapland tour.
As a guide, you'll want to bring the following on our Finland tours: snow boots or hiking boots, ski socks (merino is best), thermal layers, ski trousers, waterproofs, lots of layers (avoid cotton - polyester and wool are best), a good quality jacket, hat, gloves, scarf. Bring a swimming costume if you want to try a Finnish sauna too (though if you're anything like the local people you may not need it!).
Is Finland a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Finland scores a B+ rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 19th out of 203 countries.
Same sex marriage is legal, and there are constitutional and worker protections in place for people of all sexual orientations. Hate crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community are criminalized and 76 - 100% of consulted citizens consider Finland a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations and most trips for LGBTQ+ travellers to Finland are trouble-free.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.
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The Best of Finland
Here are our personal highlights in Finland. The beautiful capital of Helsinki isn't one to miss, and Rovaniemi is the best place to explore Lapland, by snowmobile, husky sleigh, or reindeer sleigh. Santa's Village is an important destination for families, and Kuhmo is the base for our Christmas and New Year Finland tours!
The capital of Finnish Lapland and the perfect base for husky sledding and snowmobiling, Rovaniemi is the place to be in Finland, with or without the kids! It's the perfect place for an outdoor adventure, and for spotting the Northern Lights. The town itself is charming, and the Arktikum Museum is a particular highlight - visit on some of our Finland tours!
Seaside Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the perfect place for a short break, located on the scenic Gulf of Finland. You'll definitely want to explore Suomenlinna Fortress and there are a host of superb restaurants and an emerging nightlife scene emerging in this increasingly popular city break destination. Nearby Nuuksio National Park is a great way to embrace Finland's wild nature without heading too far from the city.
Santa Claus Village
Located in Rovaniemi, this is where Santa Claus spends most of his year, working with his elves and getting ready for Christmas Eve. Visitors to the Santa Claus Village on our Finland tours can see the post office, which receives mail to Santa from all over the world. And of course, they can meet the man himself, and the children can tell him what they would like for Christmas this year.
Riverside Kuhmo is something of a hidden gem in Finland, attracting just a fraction of the visitors that Rovaniemi does, but boasting the same ice, snow, blue lakes, and stunning winter landscapes. This makes it the perfect place to host our Christmas and New Year tours to Finland, with husky sledding and cross-country skiing some of the more popular adventure activities. Plus, of course, you'll have a great chance to spot the Northern Lights, AKA the Aurora Borealis!