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.
Public transportation in cities is very expensive.
- FB rideshare -group
- FB truck drivers offering rides -group
- BlaBlaCar offers great rides in Finland too, if you make an account just choose another country cause Finland is not listed yet as 'registration counry'
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.
Only passenger train company in Finland is VR. Train tickets are always cheaper to buy in advance.
- All train timetables in Finland (including freight trains)
With Finnish blue student card you get 50% discount at trains and buses, but not with ISIC or other international cards.
- Bus: Busbud, OnniBus, PoriExpress
- Train: VR
- Airline: AirBaltic, Norwegian, Ryanair, Wizzair
- Ferry: Eckerö line, LindaLine, Tallink, VikingLine
Accommodation is expensive but hospitality exchange works pretty well. Not ideal country for hostels.
Finnish laws allow anyone to camp in nature (freedom to roam).
Lean-to's and huts
At official hiking paths there are often free cottages and lean-to's where you can stay for free.
- Laavu.org for locations of these all around Finland. Click "Lataa" (download) and "Kaikki" (all) to download a gpx file of locations which you can then put to your favourite map app.
- Tulikartta.fi has a map of lean-to's, wilderness huts, fireplaces, resting spots, bird watch towers etc.
'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.
Libraries often have free wifi.
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)
Finland is part of Schengen.
- Finterest.fi - Interactive map of Finland (e.g. free campings and fireplaces)
- Free topographic maps of Finland for Android phones and browser.
- Hiking maps
- Coordinates of free cottages and lean-ons to stay all around the country: Laavu.org. See "accommodation" section of this article for more.
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