Family holidays in Finland

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

Night sky over FinlandGenerally speaking, little is known about Finland. Even the country’s ancient heritage is shrouded in a certain degree of mystery, with scholars and archaeologists alike still at odds over the origins of their people. The black sheep of the Nordic countries, Finland’s geographical location affords it a distinctly unique blend of Scandinavian charm and Eastern European sensibilities, much like their Russian neighbours. As such, if you’re looking for somewhere a little different to take the family this year, this should tick all the necessary boxes accordingly.

You may not be able to reel family attractions in Finland off the top of your head, but our list of suggestions should help you to plan ahead. When you’re ready, take a look at the extensive rental accommodations on HomeAway to find the ideal base for your stay. 


Finland family holidays: the highlights


Helsinki Family breaks in Helsinki

A capital city built using St Petersburg as a blueprint, its Russian influence is still widely prominent today. Origins aside, if you visit Helsinki in the summer the kids will love a trip to the old Linnanmäki amusement park, the slides at the Serena Water Park, as well as the Sea Life aquarium. If you jet off during the colder period, you can still see the best of the city, be it in one of the many museums, the simple charm of Senate Square or a step back in time to the isle of Suomenlinna.

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Lapland Lapland family holidays

If you’re considering whisking the family off for a festive adventure, you simply cannot put a foot wrong by choosing Lapland. In truth, the northern region is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, and also one of the finest places to witness the legendary aurora borealis. The endless pine forests and snow-capped plains make for the quintessential winter wonderland setting, topped off with a trip to see Santa in his homeland.

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Jyväskylä Family breaks in Jyväskylä

Once upon a time a sleepy, sparsely populated Lakeland city, Jyväskylä is now a thriving university town that wholeheartedly embraces a modest tourist base. The lure of Jyväskylä lies primarily in its enchanting lakes and beaches. If the weather holds out, Tuomiojärvi is the most popular spot for topping up your tan, but even in the chilliest of climates you can take a pleasant dip in the waters of Vuorilampi. The city also boasts a ski centre suited to visitors of all ages and experience levels.

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Tampere Tampere family holidays

Tampere is generally regarded as the Finland’s cultural hub, a haven for those who appreciate music in all its forms - particularly metal. The city museums tend to focus heavily on the region’s industrial heritage, but kids will love getting up close and personal with the eponymous heroes in the Moominvalley section of the art museum. For the best views over the city, head for the top of the Pyynikki Tower, stopping for some traditional Finnish baking in the café at the bottom before setting out to see the many attractions of Särkänniemi Adventure Park.

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Nuuksio National Park Nuuksio National Park

Contrary to the rugged mountainous terrain of its Scandinavian neighbours, the traditional Finnish landscape is more that of rolling birch forests and glistening lakes. Not to say that these are not enticing elements in their own right - and nowhere in the country are they more perfectly encapsulated that in Nuuksio. The minuscule park boasts all of these attributes in abundance, not to mention picturesque hills and a pleasing air of solitude. The children will take great pleasure in keeping their eyes peeled for the creatures that give the park its emblem – the lesser spotted Siberian flying squirrel.

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Vacation home Kotomänty 2 in Kuusamo, Pohjanmaa - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 21 km north of Kuusamo, Ruka 6.7 km, Hirsilampi pond 200 m, Pyhäjärvi -lake 300 m. Apartment in terraced house, built in 2013, bedroom 1: double bed, bedroom 2: 2 beds, living room: sofabed for 2, combined kitchen/livin...

Vacation home Kissankulma in Kinnula, Keski-Suomi - 5 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 160 km Northwest of Jyväskylä -city. Lake Ala-Jäppä 100 m. Hard-sandy bottom, own wooden boat. Log cottage, built 1974, renovated 2008, living room, kitchen, room with fire place, bed room: 1 bed, vestibule, utility roo...

Vacation home Tahko spa standard suite wb5 in Nilsiä, Pohjois-Savo - 4 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 65 km north-east of Kuopio, L.Syvärijärvi 600 m, public swimming shore 1.5 km, no boat. High standard apartment located in centre of Tahko Ski Resort, built 2007, surface area 90 m² and 19 m² glazed terrace. Apartment h...

Vacation home Karikko in Lestijärvi, Pohjanmaa - 10 persons, 4 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 155 km north-east of Seinäjoki, Lestijärvi 30 m (length 14.6 km, width 7.5 km), rather deep, hard sand bottom, own boat. Log-built, two-story holiday house 2013. Downstairs spacious, high ceiling livingroom/kitchen, two...

Vacation home Niementorppa in Kuusamo, Pohjanmaa - 8 persons, 1 bedroom(s)

Property details interior: 22 km east of Kuusamo, lake Välijärvi 60 m (connection to lake Muojärvi, which is 20 km long; width of lake Välijärvi 1 km), shallow and deep shore (in shared use), hard clay bottom, own boat. Log cottage 2000, combined...