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Safe and friendly Finland is perfect for family vacations, providing families with a wide range of options to guarantee a holiday that can be as relaxed or as exciting as they choose. Whether you choose to stay in one of the cities or towns, or to venture out into the sparsely populated countryside, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options and more than enough fun things to do.
VISIT VANTAA – www.visitvantaa.fi
The House of Mr Clutterbuck
Mökkiavain Holiday Cottages
Särkänniemi Amusement Park
Väski Adventure Island
Tykkimäki Amusement Park
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
Helsinki Zoo – Korkeasaari
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Family Vacation in Finland
In winter Lapland attracts visitors from around the world, as families bring the kids to visit Santa Claus in his own village, enjoy the underground adventure of SantaPark, visit the incredible ice-built SnowCastle in Kemi or Snow Village in Lainio, take rides on sleighs pulled by huskies or reindeer, or enjoy skiing, snow-boarding, or snowmobile treks. Families can choose to stay in luxurious hotels, cosy chalets, or even pass the night in an igloo!
However, the versatility of Finland as a holiday destination for families is really evident in the summer, especially for those who relish the outdoors and want to enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, a country with no fewer than 37 National Parks. Camping sites abound, all of them excellently equipped and usually adjacent to a lake where swimming and boating activities are readily available. Finland also has countless cottages for rent, usually within an hours drive of a town yet still in almost total peace and isolation.
Finland also has 4 zoos, over 60 smaller animal parks and petting zoos, 3 aquariums and sea life centres, and 14 theme and amusement parks, many of which are water parks. A country with over 188,000 lakes, and a coastline of around 1,250 km, offers plenty of swimming beaches, made all the more tempting by the temperature of the water which is surprisingly warm by the end of June.