If you are going to fly to Finland, you will most likely land at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. If you have spare time, you’ll have a great opportunity to tour around Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The quickest and easiest way to reach Kemi, Rovaniemi or Tornio is to take a domestic flight from Helsinki- Vantaa to Kemi-Tornio airport or Rovaniemi airport. The flight will take about an hour. Find out more about schedules, prices and available seats:
Another air route goes through Sweden. You can fly via Stockholm to Luleå-Kallax airport and continue travelling on a bus from the airport to the Haparanda bus station. The bus trip takes about 3 hours. Tornio in Finland is situated right across the border.
Travelling to Finland by sea is also possible, regardless of the time of the year. You can find connections from Germany, Sweden and Estonia. The main ports of arrival are Helsinki and Turku. Find out more about schedules and prices for ships:
From Helsinki and Turku you can continue your journey by train.
The train is an easy way to continue travelling in Finland. You can find a direct bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the railway station. If you travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the trip lasts about 12 hours. Travelling to Kemi and Tornio takes a few hours less, 8-10 hours. You can take a day or night train. A connection with no train changes is recommended, because changing can be quite tricky with lots of luggage. Notice that there are very few train connections from Kemi to Tornio and usually you must take a bus connection from Kemi train station to Tornio. More information on www.vr.fi
Another option is to drive a car or travel on a bus.
- Norway: Alta, Nordkapp and Tromso offer connection to Rovaniemi (you can continue your trip to Kemi by train or bus; to Tornio by bus). Find more at www.eskelisen-lapinlinjat.com
- Russia: Murmansk offers connection to Rovaniemi (you can continue your trip to Kemi by train or bus; to Tornio by bus). Find more at www.goldline.fi
- Sweden: Stockholm offers connection to Haparanda-Tornio (you can continue your trip to Rovaniemi by bus). Find more at www.tapanis.se
Travelling by car, you can arrive to Finland by driving E4 road through Sweden and cross the border in Haparanda. Remember that the Finnish law makes it compulsory to wear winter tires between 1 December and 28 February. Usually the weather and slippery roads in Lapland make people wear winter tires until late spring. Remember to make sure you have a parking spot for your car before you arrive. Read more about driving a car in Finland