Language: Finnish and Swedish
Size: 130,667 square miles (209,215 sq km) – about the size of Tennessee
Border countries: Sweden and Russia
National tourist office: www.visitfinland.com
At a glance
Finland is a land of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and the winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.
As you look out from the plane, the first impression you may have is that there are a lot of trees… an endless carpet of forest, with many lakes and small towns in between. It’s kind of a surprise when you land in Helsinki to find that the airport is so modern and efficient. Not a polar bear in sight.
It’s truly amazing how uniquely exotic each season can be. Four times a year, nature changes its uniform completely – colour, light, temperature, sounds and smells. Everything changes in a way that happens nowhere else.
The Finns are also considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. However, they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people once you get to know them and we encourage you to do just that.
Why cyclists love it
Finland's unique seasons and seemingly limitless islands and lakes are a cyclist's dream. The most popular Finland bike tour routes include overnights in Turku "The European capital of culture," and breathtaking views alternating between bike and boat of the southwest coastline. Cycling holiday's along the Finland coastline take advantage of the dramatic coasts and beaches, with stops in bustling harbors and seaside villages along the way.
Bicycle around the Finnish archipelago, hops from island to island using local ferries. The Turku archipelago are one of Finland's most stunning natural phenomena- 20,000 islands stretching out into the sea from the city of Turku in the country's south-west. Cycling a circular route around the main islands is made easy, and exciting, by a system of local ferry services, constantly going back and forth acting like bridges. As well as the fun of the ferries, there are also picturesque harbour villages to visit, and the true peace of the nature. The cycling route starts and ends in Turku - the formal capital of Finland, and a bustling, attractive market town.