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11 Points to Note When Traveling in Finland

  • Owen Brook
  • 21 Oct
11 Points to Note When Traveling in Finland

In the snowy season, many travel friends gathered in Northern Europe, in Finland. In order to help you enjoy a pleasant trip to Finland, according to some common questions of travel lovers, we have compiled some notes for traveling in Finland. I hope this article is helpful to people who are going to Finland.


1. Is it reliable to book a hotel or homestay online?

Nowadays, online reservations are becoming more common, and large-scale websites are becoming more and more popular. Friends who came to Finland occasionally failed to check-in at the destination for some reason. In response to this problem, we recommend that you obtain a confirmation form when booking a room and verify the check-in time. If you arrive at the hotel early, you may not have a room or get in. If there is an accident in the booking contract and the hotel fails to provide housing, please treat it rationally. You can negotiate with the hotel, keep the necessary evidence, and temporarily stay elsewhere. Consumer complaints in Finland: 00358 29 553 6901 (from 9:00am to 15:00pm on working days).

For tourists who like homestays, please do not knock on neighbors' doors or stop in the public halls, as this is not welcome. If you cannot arrive in time after booking a homestay, please be sure to entrust a friend to pick up the keys on your behalf, or communicate by phone or email, so that the host cannot wait for someone. Arrive at the agreed time, which will bring convenience to both you and the host.


2. Can I rent a car in Finland with my driver's license?

Yes. Since February 2018, Finland allows foreign drivers to legally drive in Finland for a short period of time. Please prepare a foreign-language notarized certificate or translation of your driver's license in China. When renting a car, tourists should ask the car rental company to learn more about local driving precautions. After all, many rules for traveling abroad are different. In Finland, driving in winter is different from usual. If you encounter a blizzard, you must never go out.

You should keep warm when you are outdoors. Do not exceed personal fatigue during long-distance travel on weekdays. It is said that there was a self-driving tourist who drove more than 1,000 kilometers on a single day. The car rental company was surprised when he returned the car. When driving in the Arctic Circle in winter, if the car breaks down on the side of the road or accidentally rolls over, it will not work without some knowledge of rescue and first aid. Even if you call for help, it takes time to wait and locate. The winter temperature in northern Finland is 20 degrees below zero. If rescuers cannot arrive in time, the result is terrible.

Those who drive into Finland by themselves must change to winter tires in winter. If it is a motorhome or other vehicle that drives to northern Finland but does not have winter tires, you will encounter a situation where you cannot continue driving on ice and snow. Before driving in the polar regions, you should have sufficient training in your driving skills, especially snow driving. It is recommended that you receive first aid training and frostbite prevention, and know-how to wear polar warmth.


3. Can I really see the aurora when I go to Finland?

The magical aurora in Finland attracts tourists from all over the world. Perhaps we can say that Finland is a journey of "tracing the aurora". "Watching Aurora" gives people the feeling that they will definitely see it when they come. However, "seeking aurora" is not necessarily. For various reasons, not every night you can see the aurora with the naked eye. To be able to see the gorgeous aurora-like in the promo, you need luck. Finland has entered the aurora viewing season since October. Although the viewing index has greatly increased, the excessive publicity of the relevant companies is not enough. As a natural weather phenomenon, the aurora is sometimes strong and sometimes weak. More important than the Aurora Index is the weather. The weather is bad, such as cloudy or snowing, and even the strong aurora cannot be observed. Please be mentally prepared.


4. North Europe is safe and the hotel is very safe. But you still have to be cautious.

The overall public security in Finland is good, and the quality of its citizens is high. But the hotel is also a haunt of international thieves, many of whom are well-dressed. Lost money and belongings in the breakfast room of the hotel often happen. The Finnish police have repeatedly reminded tourists to take precautions. Therefore, tourists are still optimistic about the bags and try not to reveal their wealth.

Don't waste it when eating the buffet breakfast in the hotel. Take as much as you can, don't take out food, and don't use your own large thermos to take out juice drinks. If found by the hotel, it is easy to cause discomfort. Do not smoke in the room. If the waiter smells smoke in the room in the morning, you may be fined. It is useless to open a window or hide in the bathroom and use hot water in the shower to remove the smell of smoke. When staying at the hotel at night, tourists can't make noise in the corridor. Please pay attention to courtesy when entering and leaving. Don't spit, don't make loud noises.


5. Is public transportation in Finland convenient?

Finnish local place names are identified in Finnish and Swedish. If you do not speak these languages, it is recommended to take a taxi. Finnish buses, subways, and trains extend in all directions. Buy tickets consciously. Both subways and trams can be boarded without ticket checking. But this does not mean that there is no need to buy tickets. You will be fined if you are caught evading fares. Getting on the train is a must. Please don't be greedy for cheap fares, or justify yourself on the grounds that you don't understand the language and no one reminds you.


6. Can I bring my own drinks when dining in a restaurant?

Nordic law stipulates that alcoholic beverages cannot be taken in restaurants, especially spirits. Please follow the customs in the countryside, respect local laws and customs, and don't sneak in with luck. This is very easy to cause conflicts between restaurants and customers. If reported by others, the Finnish restaurant will suffer a greater loss. As for restaurants, once they discover such a situation, they often persuade passengers and even confiscate the wine directly. Try not to chirp and laugh loudly during the meal. Don't talk when you have food in your mouth. All of the above will help enhance the overall image of tourists.


7. Is the Finnish Museum free?

Most of the Finnish museums can only be visited for a fee. Tourists can apply for a pass to save money. Please keep quiet during the visit, and try to whisper the discussion. Do not take pictures where you cannot take pictures. Follow the indicated route.


8. Can I camp freely in Finland?

Camping in Finland requires survivability in the wild and experience in dealing with snake bites. Do not set up tents at the foot of unvegetated hills to prevent landslides. Have experience in plant discrimination and bring emetics and purified water processor. If you camp in a national park, you must also comply with the park management regulations and camp in a designated area. Usually, the campsite is some distance away from the homes of the locals.


9. Is shopping in Finland guaranteed?

Quality is guaranteed for shopping and consumption in Finland. Visitors remember to ask for a receipt when shopping and ask for the location and points of the tax refund. If you have bought fake products, or have any comments, please call Finland Consumer Complaint Hotline 00358 29 553 6901 (from 9:00am to 15:00pm on weekdays).


10. It is said that the sauna is good for health, can I do sauna?

Most people can do it, but people with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases are not suitable for saunas. Be cautious about jumping into ice lake after sauna Not everyone's skin and heart can contract freely. Diabetes patients must prevent burns and frostbite. Prevent suffocation and fire prevention in the sauna.


11. Can I take photos with foreign children at will?

Finns are very sensitive to the use of portraits of themselves and children. Do not aim the camera at the other party without the consent of the other party. Before taking a photo, visitors must ask for the consent of each other. Don't hug other people's children directly to take pictures. Don't hug or ask children casually.

In Finland and the Nordic countries as a whole, whispering conversation in public places is considered a virtue. Conversely, if you ignore the feelings of others and make loud noises in public places, it is easy to arouse resentment from the locals. Even if you encounter something, you should not threaten the other party by shouting loudly or sitting down and crying. If you do this, not only will the other party not compromise, but they are likely to call the police as a threat. Tourists should not occupy seats for the elderly, pregnant women, infants, and young children on the bus. When entering and exiting public places, those who walk in the front should hold the door for those behinds. Respect the habits of the locals and try not to arouse disgust from others. Despite cultural differences, tourists must respect their respective cultures.

The personal distance of Finns is worth mentioning. They especially don't like people being too close, let alone physical contact. There is a distance in the line, and the front chest will not stick to the back! Say sorry when you touch someone else's body. You can't squeeze it with your body before saying sorry. This misunderstanding drew unfriendly eyes from Finns.

If you encounter problems while traveling in Finland, you can refer to some internationally accepted principles, such as rational handling, peaceful communication, courtesy, and evidence-based solutions. The quarrel will only intensify the conflict. Of course, if you are deliberately embarrassing a foreigner, it is better to keep the evidence before making a complaint.


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