Finland

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Finland is a part of the Northern Europe and one of the Nordic countries. It is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement. Its neighbouring countries are Sweden, Norway and Russia. Estonia is directly to the south over the Gulf of Finland.

Transport

Public transportation in cities is very expensive.

Several low-cost airlines operate from Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Lappeenranta.

Ride share

Buses

Lately OnniBus has been offering cheap intercity bus connections, but they haven't yet been allowed to operate on all routes and they have only one or two connections per day. They are not often allowed to use main bus terminals and stop on normal bus stops instead. PoriExpress is similar cheap bus company operating mostly in western Finland.

Matkahuolto is search engine together for all bus companies (except Onnibus). You can nowadays find discound tickets easily.

Trains

Only passenger train company in Finland is VR. Train tickets are always cheaper to buy in advance.

North-most train station is in Kolari, Lapland.

Flights

It's actually quite affordable to fly inside the country, since it's so big. If you book in advance, you can get HelsinkiOulu for 30 euro from Norwegian.

To fly in/out from the country, check Norwegian, Ryanair, Wizzair and AirBaltic. Cheap airliners use airports in Tampere, Turku, Lappeenranta, Oulu and Helsinki.

Student discount

With Finnish blue student card you get 50% discount at trains and buses, but not with ISIC or other international cards.

Companies

Accommodation

Accommodation is expensive but hospitality exchange works pretty well. Not ideal country for hostels.

Spontaneous hospitality works also very well, both in cities (street hosting/panel way) as in villages (or town or small cities view the usual sizes), especially in Lapland

Finnish laws allow anyone to camp in nature (freedom to roam). At official hiking paths there are often free cottages and lean-to's where you can stay for free. See Laavu.org for locations of these all around Finland.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome

Food

'Buffet Lunch' - The most affordable way to eat in a restaurant is to find a cheap 'all you can eat' place, mostly they are called 'buffet', you can eat normally from 11.00 to 17.00 from 7 euros.

Cheapest restaurants are usually pizzerias (4-7e) or Chinese restaurants. Usually food is cheaper if you take it away.

Connectivity

Libraries often have free wifi.

Busking

Busking can be extremely rentable in Finland.

Big cities like Helsinki can grant you an actual good salary but also medium/small size places can be a good option (e.g. in front of supermarket/mall areas before security tell you politely to move)

Visa

Finland is part of Schengen.

Cities

Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Tampere, Turku add another city


Elsewhere

  • Finterest.fi - Interactive map of Finland (e.g. free campings and fireplaces)

Kayaking and canoeing

Finland is full of lakes and rivers, thus doing trips with Kayak or canoe are very popular. It's an easy and affordable way to move even long distances (longest lakes in Finland are hundreds of kilometers long). Since you can camp pretty much anywhere in Finland, you can just stay overnight at islands or coastal rocks.

A good site to find out about good routes is unfortunately only in Finnish, but using translation programs you can navigate there pretty easily: Melontareitit.com