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Where Santa, Moomins and Flying Finns come from

Finland is not just about the thousands of lakes, clean and beautiful forests, or the endless days of summer. It's also the home country of Santa Claus, Moomins and the fastest people in the world (Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen, Marcus Grönholm, Tommi Mäkinen, Juha Kankkunen, etc.) referred to as Flying Finns. Finland is also the home of 1.8 million saunas and high technology. Discover the many faces of Finland!


Helsinki – Naantali Helsinki – Tampere Helsinki – Rovaniemi
181 km
Drive time approx. 2h 15 min.
180 km
Drive time approx. 2 h
827 km
Drive time approx. 11 h

Facts about Finland

Happenings in Finland

  • Population: 5,5 million
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Time zone: GMT +2 (in summertime GMT +3)
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Speed limits
    • Towns and cities: 40–50 km/h (25–31 mph)
    • Main highways: 100–120 km/h (63–75 mph)
    • Smaller roads: 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • Headlights must be used everytime when driving.


In the capital region travellers can spend their holiday in many different ways. The amusement park Linnanmäki, underwater world Sea Life, Korkeasaari zoo and science centre Heureka are attractions that provide entertainment for adults and children. Ateneum Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and the Cathedral, Temppeliaukio church, and Uspenski Cathedral fascinate those who are interested in culture. Scenic landscapes and history are combined in an interesting way in Seurasaari and Suomenlinna.

Read more about Helsinki.

River Aura, Turku

On the west coast of Finland lies Turku, which is Finland's oldest city and former capital. In 2011 the city was titled as "the European Capital of Culture". In Turku you can spend your day visiting one of the several interesting museums, enjoy the beautiful nature and stroll in the parks or go shopping and dine in one of city's many restaurants.

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Naantali, Finland

Naantali is a picturesque old town with historical sights and charming restaurants and little boutiques situated within a 15 min drive from Turku. Somewhat in the seaside of Naantali is the Moomin world theme park, perfect for families with small children.

Read more about Naantali and Moomin world.


Tampere is a lively city and a nice destination for families within approximately a two-hour drive from both Turku and Helsinki. In Tampere there are destinations and happenings for visitors in all ages. Särkänniemi amusement park with aquarium, planetarium and a small zoo is perfect for day trips. For those interested in history there are plenty of museums and interesting architecture. Visit for example the spy museum or museum center Vapriikki.

Read more about Tampere and Särkänniemi  

Travemünde–Helsinki ferry timetable

Comfortable Finnlines Star class vessels take you daily from Travemünde to Helsinki in 30 hours.

Finnlines Helsinki

Germany–Finland ferry offers

Planning a ferry trip from Germany to Finland or vice versa: See all our current offers on route Travemünde–Helsinki.


A sea voyage from Finland to Germany is a chance to travel in a relaxed and comfortable way by winding down on board.