Best time for a family vacation to Finland
A Finn family vacation means outdoor fun in any season – from lake paddling in summer to husky sledding in winter
Finland’s is a climate of extreme contrasts. The best time to visit Finland for Aurora and snow activities is Nov-Apr, with Lapland snowy at Easter. Catch Santa on his sleigh during the Christmas vacation, but remember Dec days are very short; Jan-end Mar are preferable, so Feb half term is perfect, just expect lows of -18°C. Summer is best for a self drive break, hiking, kayaking and gorging on berries throughout the country, and it can reach 30°C. It’s also incredibly light. In Lapland a single summer day lasts over two months. In the south, a few hours of twilight stands in for night; bedtime routines may suffer.
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Riitta Kiukas founded our specialist Finland vacation supplier, Skafur-Tour, in 2013. She recommends when to visit Finnish Lapland:
“For families, the best time to travel to Lapland is end of November, early December, March or April. The weather is at those times very good for outdoor activities. Finnish families with small children always get to Lapland before or after Easter. My favourite time is end of summer and early autumn, because our forests are full of berries and mushrooms, which I love to pick and eat.”
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Finland is growing in popularity as a family vacation destination and we’re not surprised, with its unique regions offering different treats and activities for families of all ages, throughout the year.
Our Finland family map and highlights page takes a close look at the national parks, super chilled cities and remote winter destinations that are worth including in a family vacation – just click on the blue dots to find out more.
Finland family vacation activities vary with the seasons, from winter breaks that offer a pick and mix of exciting outdoor activities, to self drive summer vacations, exploring forests, lakes and family attractions.
Finland’s high standard of living, relaxed and safe cities and quiet roads make it a welcoming and approachable destination for a family vacation, but any parent planning a trip here will still have questions.
Like hidden veg in a child friendly spaghetti Bolognese, the unique lessons and learning that come with a family vacation to Finland are tucked in stealthily amongst all the fun and exploration.
Our Finland family travel advice includes recommendations and insights from our specialist Finland vacation companies, plus tips from travelers who have already taken their kids there.