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Finland tours for seniors:

Influenced by Russia and Scandinavia, yet maintaining its own distinct culture, Finland is one of Europe’s most intriguing countries. The capital, Helsinki, is showcase for architecture both old and new. Check out the 18th century Swedish island fortress, Suomenlinna, and then head to the Temppeliaukio Church, a modernist masterpiece built directly into solid rock. Outside of Helsinki, Finland is home to some of the most pristine wilderness in Europe. In summer, do as the Finns do and head to a lake cottage. In winter, head to the icy north for a trip on a reindeer sleigh, and a chance to see the beautiful Northern Lights. Whatever season you choose, join an Odyssey Traveller tour to uncover the best of Finland. 
Hand crafted tours for Mature World Travellers

Finland Tours

Northern Lights Small Group tour | Visit Norway and Finland

Odyssey’s small group tour following the Northern Lights allows you to experience serene snow-covered Arctic landscapes. Throughout our journey guides and specialists will outline the history of this stark region and the nature of the peoples who wrested their living from it. A unique opportunity to view this natural phenomenon travelling as part of a small group.

10 days
Departing Oct, Jan

Irkutsk to Helsinki on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from East to West starting in Irkutsk and finishing in Helsinki after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing Aug, Oct, Apr
Baltics Small Group escorted Tour Latvia Estonia Lithuania
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Baltics Small Group Escorted Tour: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania

An escorted small group tour to the Baltic States of Europe that explores the key destinations of this region starting in Berlin, then making its way through Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and concluding in St. Petersburg. Each day has scheduled itineraries supported by local guides who share knowledge and authentic experiences of the places visited. This is small group travelling to the Baltics for like minded people.

Departing May, Sep
Payanitsa chapel Krasnoyarsk
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Helsinki to Irkutsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Escorted tour on the Trans-Siberian railway  network from West to East starting in Helsinki and finishing in Irkutsk  after 21 days. This is small group travel with like minded people and itineraries that maximise the travel experience of the 6 key destinations explored en-route. Our small group journeys are for  mature couples and solo travellers.

21 days
Departing May, Oct

Scandinavian Design Small Group Tour: Denmark, Sweden and Finland

Denmark, Sweden and Finland realised that the only way to remain competitive on the world stage was through the value of superior design. Travelling with like-minded people on our small group tour you will explore the cities and towns where those high quality products, appreciated around the world, are created.

Departing Sep

Articles about Finland

Scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

3 mins readEuropeFinland

Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a treasure trove for lovers of history and all eras of architecture and design. Dubbed the “white city of the north” due to its buildings constructed from…

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Finland has an excellent rail system, with services regularly running between major cities. Bus networks span the entire country, and are generally inexpensive.

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our long stay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, Environment and Weather

Finland is the northernmost country in the European Union, and covers an area of 337k square kilometres. The terrain of Finland is largely flat, with one third of Finland lying under 100 metres in elevation, and two thirds under 200 metres. Vast tracts of forest cover the lands of Finland, with approximately 69% of Finland’s surface area covered by forest. Lakes also dot the landscape, and in fact are so numerous that Finland carries the nickname “the land of a thousand lakes”.

Finland experiences short, mild summers, and long, cold winters. Northern Finland lies in the Land of the Midnight Sun, and therefore experiences continuous daylight in the summer, and continuous darkness in the winter. Temperatures regularly drop below freezing in much of Finland during the winter, so depending on when you intend to travel, check the weather reports and dress accordingly.

World Heritage sites

Finland has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can view the official list of the sites here (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/fi). The listed sites include:

  • Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki, an archaeological site featuring more than 30 granite burial cairns
  • Petäjävesi Old Church, an 18th-century Lutheran church constructed in the distinctive eastern Scandinavian architectural sytle
  • Fortress of Suomenlinna, the imposing 18th-century sea fortress that once protected the harbour of Helsinki

Festivals and events

Numerous festivals and events dot the calendar in Finland. Indepedence Day is an important occasion – held annually on December 6th, the country’s liberation from Russia is celebrated with decorations, parades and the Finnish Presiden’ts VIP ball. The Finnish love the performing arts with many artistic events held across the year, including the Kuopio Dance Festival, the the Pori Jazz Festival, and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. One of the more unusual events held in Finland is the annual Wife Carrying World Championship. Held every year in Sonkajärvi since 1992, it involves male competitors racing each other over an obstacle course, all while carrying their wives on their backs.

Reading list

  • A History of Finland, by Henrik Meinande
    Kalevala, by Elias Lönnrot
  • Finland: The Land of Lakes, by Franco Figari
  • A Concise History of Finland, by D. G. Kirby and David Kirb
    Seitsemän veljestä, by Aleksis Kivi

Eating and Drinking

Seafood, vegetables and meat all characterise the cuisine of Finland. Given the abundance of lakes and rivers in the country, seafood in plentiful, with dishes such as lohikeitto (a creamy soup made with salmon, potatoes, leaks and milk), savulohi (warm smoked salmon), and lasimestarin silli (marinated herring) all national favourites. Much of Finnish food focuses on using meat and vegetables to create simple yet tasty dishes such as pyttipannu (pan fried potatoes with sausages) and kaalikääryleet (cabbage leaves filled with minced meat and rice). Sweeter offerings include korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) and vispipuur (desert porridge made from wheat semolina and lingonberries). Traditional beverages in Finland include lakka (a liquer made from soaking cloudberries in alcohol), and sima, a mead-like beverage made from fermenting lemon, raisins, and yeast.

Health and Safety

Generally speaking, Finland is safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.

Electrical supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Finland’s electricity supply runs at 230V and 50Hz. Finland uses Type C and Type F electric plugs, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.

FAQs

Finland has a single time zone, Eastern European Standard Time (UTC+2). Daylight savings begin on the last Sunday of March and conclude on the last Sunday of October

If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services. Tipping is not part of the culture in Finland, with service charges usually included in restaurant bills.

Wifi is widely available in Finland, and should be freely accessible in most hotels, cafes and restaurants when travelling in Finland

Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Finland. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.

Finnish is the first language spoken by 93% of the country’s 5 million inhabitants. The other official language, Swedish, is spoken by around 6% of the population.

Articles about Finland published by Odyssey Traveller:

Viking’s Woolen Sails.

Photographing the Northern Lights.

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

External articles to assist you on your visit to Finland:

Visit Finland

The Guardian: A Local’s Guide to Helsinki, Finland.

Lonely Planet: Lapland Beyond Santa – Culture and Wilderness in Northern Finland.

 

Responsible travel tips for Finland

  • Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of euros in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

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