Bordering Russia to the east, Norway to the north and Sweden to the West, Finland is a northern gem with its climate regulated by the North Atlantic current and its thousands of lakes which keep the temperature relatively moderate.
Helsinki is the first stop on many tours around Finland. The capital city offers truly cosmopolitan creature comforts including posh hotels, clubs, cafes & nightlife.
Major attractions in Helsinki include the grandeur of Senate Square, as well as ornate 19th century churches and cathedrals. The remote and dazzling Finnish countryside is also a major draw.
Laid-back boat tours around Finland's biggest lake, Saimaa, as well as world-class fishing around the thousands of islands of the Archipelago are what attracts many travelers during the height of the summer.
At any time of year, Lapland is also a major stop for its famous connections with Christmas reindeer and Finland's most famous resident, Santa Claus.
More about Finland travel & tourism around the Web:
the official tourism and travel guide - Offering comprehensive guides to the Helsinki region, Southern Finland and Archipelago, the West Coast, Lake District and Lapland with advice on where to go, what to do, and how to get around, feature stories on special deals & packages, directory of hotels, B&B's, hotels and guest houses, practical travel tips, maps & photos.
Finland travel guide - Compact guide from Wikitravel with complete information on major cities and attractions, national culture & cuisine, annual holidays, travel etiquette, ways to get around by car, train and boat, with related maps & photos.
This is Finland - The next best thing to being there, with the latest headlines, news on entertainment and museum exhibits with complete event schedule, feature stories on Finnish society and politics, travel guides, maps & photo gallery.
Visit Helsinki - The official site, with up-to-date information on what's going on this week, guides to major & family-friendly attractions, a directory of suggested restaurants, nightclubs and cafes, plus a trip planner and itineraries, downloadable travel brochures, and videos.
The Archipelago of Finland - Comprehensive online travel brochures covering the history, culture, and top attractions by area, prime fishing areas and how to obtain a permit, plus informational guides to major coastal towns and cities.