Finland Cruises

Nestled in between Sweden, Norway and Russia, Finland is home to many a whimsical town and alluring landscape, as well as having a captivating culture of age-old traditions.

The country’s two nicknames perfectly encapsulate what those on a cruise to Finland will come to experience. Known as the ‘land of a thousand lakes’ and ‘land of the midnight sun’, it’ll come as no surprise that there’s an abundance of natural wonder. This is ideal given that the Arctic Circle areas of Finland see 60 days each year when the sun never sets. 

It’s worth remembering that Finland is the home of Lapland, where Santa and his elves live, cementing its reputation as a place of magical wonder and eternal happiness. The only thing to rival such a delight is glimpsing the Northern Lights on one of the 200 nights of the year they make an appearance here.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The wife-carrying championships take place here annually.
  • Over 86% of Finland is covered in forests.
  • Pesapallo is Finland’s national sport.
  • A Karelian pasty is a traditional dish.
  • There are 2.2 million saunas in the country.


Health and wellness

In a land where there are known to be more saunas than cars and where a sauna is considered a daily ritual as opposed to a yearly treat, there’s no better place for people to immerse themselves in ultimate relaxation. Sauna culture is so prevalent here, there are even saunas in the Finnish Parliament.

From more modern baths to traditional experiences, visitors don’t have much trouble touting a steaming sauna to wash away the remnants of daily life. The authentic bathing process is often powered by a wood fire and separates men and women. The proper way to do it is to wash, then sit in the 80°C-110°C room while someone adds water to the hot stones, raising the heat even more. Once your time is up, you leave, drink some water, and then go back in to start the process again. Two to three cycles is normal. 

Scenic views

Saunasaari is just a short boat ride away from your port and transports wannabe ‘saunees’ to an island resort built up of saunas. Vasikkasaari Island has three purpose-built, wood-fired saunas offering the authentic Finnish experience complete with an outdoor pool and scenic views.


Churches and museums


Sitting on a peninsula, Helsinki is made up of archaic and impressive buildings with pretty streams to divide the city and an idyllic harbour to welcome visitors. 

It is down Mannerheimintie, the city’s main street, where most of the fascinating architecture reflecting the historical times can be found. The National Museum, Parliament House and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum flank this street but artwork can also be found at the Atenum and Kiasma. 

For an original experience, Seurasaari is an open-air museum where anyone on cruises to Finland is able to sample rural Finnish living and the wildlife that comes with that.

The city’s antiquated cathedrals are also worth discovering and Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral can be found near Senate Square.

The Temppeliaukio Church is also one of the city’s most popular spots to visit having been formed out of natural bedrock. 


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Finland

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