Tervetuloa Suomeen! – Welcome in Finland, the country of the thousand lakes.
Travellers arriving by flight pick up their rental cars at the airport.
Travellers arriving by Finnlines ferry boat from Travemunde in Germany can drive to Turku for the start of their trip.
Former capital Turku, was founded in the 13th century and was the capital of Suomi (Finland) until the 1809. After the Finnish war, a war between Sweden and Russia that ended in 1809, Suomi became an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. Finland declared independence on 6 December 1917.
Officially Finland is still bilingual as 5% of the population has Swedish as their mother tongue.
The small town on the banks of the Aurajoki is manageable and cosy and can be explored wonderfully on foot. Turku Castle, called Turun linna in Finnish and Åbo slott in Swedish, is located directly at the harbour and is certainly the city’s most famous sight. The castle is the largest preserved medieval building in Finland. The Swedes once controlled shipping on the river and the sea route to Sweden from here. Today, the castle houses the History Museum. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to visit the castle. From the outside it looks rather small and inconspicuous, but inside it is huge.
You can spend many hours here without getting bored.
Museum enthousiasts a Turku Museum Walk Card . this card gives you access to the twelve participating museums in Turku.
Foodies can have a feast in Turku, please find here some top places to eat. So you can feast your way through the city’s various restaurants from starter to dessert and get to know the local cuisine of Turku. In between, you can always take a digestive walk and be hungry again at the next stop.
Restaurant Pinella should be on your list. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Finland the other restaurant we recommend is Smör, which serves delicious modern Finnish cuisine.
If you want to start your holiday in Finland on the most relaxing Finnish way, book this true Finnish Mökki experience (€ 40). Joonas and Una have created this tour so you can meet the locals and spend a typical Finnish evening with them. They pick you up at 18:00h and drop you off at 23:00h. In between you shop and prepare the barbecue at a quaint and typical Finnish holiday home. After dinner you will enjoy a warm “löyly” steam time and the brave hearted have the chance to dip in the Baltic Sea! Read more.
CLIMATE information Finland
Here you can find the climate information of Finland and current temperatures.
FERRY information from Travemunde Germany to Helsinki Finland
Finnlines.com for ferry from Germany (Travemünde) to Helsinki Vuosaari terminal.
On average the ferry transfer time is 29 hours.
In general the ferry departs Travemunde on day 1 at 03.00 hours (3:00AM) arrival Helsinki day 2 at 09.00 hours (9:00AM).
Departure from Helsinki on day 1 at 17:00 hours (5:00PM) arrival Travemunde day 2 at 21:30 hours (9:30PM).
Total rate for transfer round trip with a car < 6 meters, 2 adults, 1 economy hut starts at € 900,- / € 450,- p.p.
Maximum length is 12 meters, maximum height only 2.10 meter (so campers not possible).
Where can I find all the answers on my question I have about travelling with Finnlines Ferry to Finland?
Questions about making reservations, safety, changing dates, timetables and more you can find here.
Is Finland an expensive holiday destination?
You should plan to spend around €121 ($143) per day on your vacation in Finland, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €27 ($32) on meals for one day and €30 ($36) on local transportation. But the good news is that a beer in Finland is less expensive than in Sweden or Denmark.
Average price of accommodation in Finland
Again Finland is more expensive than Central Europe, but we have worked out some good value for money hotel tips.
Our hotel recommendations for Turku:
Bed&Breakfast Tuure, value for money, doubles, triples and family rooms, very friendly staff.
Laivahostel S/S Bore, sleep on a steamship, cabins with shared bathroom or rooms with own bathroom, breakfast and morning sauna included.
Hesehotelli Turku Linja-autoasema, 4 km from the harbour, doubles and family rooms, nice location, free parking!
Hotelli Helmi, 500m to centre, 10 min. walk to Turku Cathedral, rustic, very comfortable beds, free coffee in the hallway.
SkyCabin Turku apartment, 1 double bed and 1 sleepercouch, great value for money.
The Pineapple Apartment / Ananasyksiö lovely apartment for a couple, with fully equipped kitchen.
Our recommendation for luxury accommodation in Turku:
Park Hotel Turku, this is the most romantic hotel in Turku, stunning building, in a quiet place in the city centre.
Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund, 150m to centre, great breakfast, lots of restaurants in the building and rooftop terrace for cocktails.
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, only 700m to centre, beautiful location with view over river Aura, family rooms, fitnessroom and 3 sauna‘s.
Where to sleep in Turku?