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Finland – the land of lakes and snow, home for Santa Claus and its reindeers, a place where you can enjoy the famous Finnish sauna, admire unforgettable Northern Lights, discover charming villages and modern cities. It is a truly great country to visit and spend your vacation in but not necessarily the cheapest one. Finland and especially its capital Helsinki constantly gets in the most expensive places` lists. For example, in 2018 Helsinki was in 30th place in “The most expensive places to travel in the world” with 199.77 eur travel cost based on average hotel, food, drink, taxi and entertainment cost for one person per night. But it doesn’t stop Finland to get on another kind of lists, like “Best quality of life” or “The happiest countries”, which only shows that Finland most definitely has to be on your personal “places to visit” list! But let’s dig into more details and find out what the price of a trip to Finland would be.
For the average travel cost, let’s take an example of Helsinki. Although, keep in mind that even if the prices and cost of living are almost the same in the whole country, in the capital of the country it is comparably the highest. You can expect slightly lower prices in smaller cities in Finland.
And now, let`s answer to one of the most important questions when going on a vacation: “how much will I spend?”
Averagely, the price of a trip to Finland would be 121€ or 138$ a day.
The cheapest hostel in Helsinki would cost around 16€/18$ for a night. This price is for one bed in a shared bedroom with shared bathrooms. The cheapest options for a private room with private bathroom would cost around 40€/45.5$ for one night.
The good news is that we are living in very hospitable times! There are several pages that would help budget travelers a lot:
If you are planning a budget trip to Finland, you are probably extremely interested in free things to do there.
First of all, all the natural parks, gardens lakes, and other nature sites are free because of jokamiehen oikeudet (every man’s rights) which means that every person has the right to travel in nature regardless of who owns the land. You can go to Aland – with 6700 named islands and 20000 smaller islands this archipelago turns to one of the most spectacular places in Finland. Also, you can visit Lapland, enjoy lots of snow, breathtaking nature and most importantly – Northern Lights. It is one of the most popular and worth seeing things in Finland and its completely free to do: you don`t need any special tours, just head outside, somewhere little away from big light sources.
If you are more interested in culture than in nature, Helsinki always has some museums and other interesting places with free entrance to offer: Helsinki city museum, Finish museums of Natural History (free every first Friday of the month), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (free every first Friday of the month), National Museum of Finland (free every first Friday of the month), the famous Suomenlinna sea fortress, Seurasaari open-air museum, Tram museum.
To sum up, if you are planning a luxury vacation in Finland, you might spend a little more than in other European countries, especially for accommodation, food, and drinks. But on the other hand, Finland is full of beautiful nature, free museums and budget-friendly tours and activities, which would not make the cost of travel very frightening.