Finland is probably best known for the midnight sun, sauna and thousands of lakes. Indeed, the summer season is a great period to experience our country’s endless days and interesting places from the Baltic shores up to the Arctic Circle. Here are our favourite destinations to spend great family holidays, offering plenty of activities for everyone.
The Naantali region
Let’s start from the South of Finland and stop by the town of Naantali. The best way to reach it, is to rent a car and have the freedom to explore the beautiful coast.
You can either drive from Helsinki if you land there or take the train to Turku and get your rental car to come to Naantali.
Enter in the most known Finnish fairy tale: the Moomin World
Have you ever heard about Tove Jansson’s Moomin family? Very popular especially in the Nordics, the Moomin Theme Park offers a lot of fun activities to entire family. Children can visit characters’ houses, play games and watch performances.
Located in the beautiful island by the old of Naantali, in the meantime, you can appreciate the surrounding nature and sea views.
Join a pirate adventure and more on the Väski Island
The whole family can experience a pirate adventure onboard of the Rosita ship, to hunt for golden treasures. The ship will take you to the Väski Island where the young adventurers can fully enjoy their day.
Not far from the Moomin World, the Väski Island proposes a full day of outdoor adventures from climbing to repelling. The fishermen village offers as well a good choice of restaurants, beaches and, even sauna. This is a relaxing way to end the end, combined with a swim in the Baltic Sea.
OUR TIP: Combine your Naantali visit with a weekend in the Åland Archipelago
From the Naantali harbour, we highly recommend you to take the ferry for a weekend to visit the Åland Archipelago. Island hopping is a fun way to explore the area and enjoy the fresh air of the Baltic Sea!
The capital of Finland, Helsinki, is the most visited city in summer and you will soon understand why. There are so many cool things to do that we could write many posts about it. So we selected for you our top 3 things to experience.
Linnanmäki is the most popular amusement park of the city. Our favourite attraction would be the old wooden rollercoaster, which has been popular from the 1950s. The park offers nice views of the city and hosts many concerts during the summer days. Children can access many attractions free-of-charge.
You won’t get it wrong with your kids when visiting the Science Center Heureka. Its planetarium offers stunning animated films and different exhibitions are known for eye-opening experiences.
Nature, is never too far
Even if we are in the capital, the nature is never far away in Helsinki. You have plenty of options to choose from the Nuuksio National Park to the Uutela recreational area, to name a few. If you are willing to do something cool, have a city tour by kayak!
OUR TIP: Plan your Helsinki stay with your young children thanks to this cool map.
Besides being the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi offers many opportunities to spend a family summer break surrounded by Arctic nature.
Santa Claus, of course
Although mostly visited during the winter period, the Santa Claus Village is always open and Santa himself is welcoming visitors every day of the year. Only 2 km away from the village, we suggest you to visit the Santa’s most secret cave, Santa Park. Your children can join the Elves school to learn how to become the best little Santa’s helpers. The elves are here to guide you to experience all sorts of attractions. You can even bake your own gingerbreads cookies or visit ice gallery.
If you are interested to discover more about the Finland’s nature, visit the Pilke Science Centre. It allows you to learn more about forests, the amazing natural resources that so many locals enjoy all year round. Children can play interactive games and with wooden toys during the visit, or even sing karaoke.
Next door, the Arktikum Museum is also a place you will not want to miss if you are in Rovaniemi with the whole family. The permanent exhibitions tell stories about Lapland and introduce the people and animals of the Arctic.
As Rovaniemi is located by the Arctic Circle, it offers opportunities to discover animals that are rather rare elsewhere. In summer time, you can visit reindeer and husky farms, or even participate in the moose-watching safari. An 1-hour drive from Rovaniemi is located Ranua Wildlife Park. One of the Lapland’s leading family attractions, the Park offers as authentic environment as possible for the 50 wild animals species.
OUR TIP: Right in the heart of the Rovaniemi, you can go to the public beach to swim in the river and meet up with locals enjoying holidays or weekends there.
Choose the best family accommodation
Among these 3 destinations, Naantali, Helsinki, Rovaniemi, you will find a good selection of cottages. Most of these accommodations are close to services but at the same time, surrounded by nature.
To make the most out of your stay, we highly recommend you to look for rentals with a lake view or on the seashore in small bays, to experience the summer season as many locals do.
Some of these cottages might also have a rowing boat available for you to go fishing.