Finland in Feburary
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 9:31 AM Last Post By: katjabloigu
Sep 24, 2012 3:03 AM
Finland in FeburaryHi guys,
I've always wanted to travel Finland since I was little, and I recently purchased a flight ticket to Finland that's scheduled in Feburary.
Now, I am hearing a lot of stories how freezing it is in Feb, how short the daytime is and that no one travels Finland in Feb...
Is it really that bad to travel Finland in Feburary?
My plan is to stay in Helsinki for three days and in Rovaniemi for two days.
Please share your opinion, it might be a great help, thanks!
Sep 24, 2012 3:55 AM
1You have misheard. February is a popular time for tourists to visit Finland, because the snow conditions are usually excellent, there is enough daylight - especially later in the month - to enjoy the scenery and winter sports, and there is enough darkness to have a good chance of seeing the northern lights (best chances in the north and away from city lights). It will be very cold though, and you need suitable clothing. Finland is used to having snow lying for extended months at a time, so travel is possible, though may be disrupted for a time immediately following heavy snow falls.
Sep 24, 2012 3:26 PM
2Lapland is popular in February because of the ski resorts there, Southern Finland not so much. Still, it could be a very rewarding experience IF you're properly prepared for cold weather (and -25C is by no means the coldest it can get in February). Walking on frozen lakes/sea, snowy scenery, maybe ice swimming, or just taking the Suomenlinna ferry through the ice floes in Helsinki harbour are among the things that come immediately to mind. In Lapland you have a well developed tourist industry to take you into the winter wonderland - reindeer sleighs, husky rides and suchlike. And Rovaniemi is rich in the plastic Santa stuff, if that's your bag.
Late February is much lighter than early February, of course.
Sep 24, 2012 7:37 PM
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Oct 8, 2012 1:17 PM
6I don't know about 'warming up'. Even in the south of Finland, there's plenty of cold weather in February.
Oct 11, 2012 5:39 PM
7It's the same across the ditch in Tallinn. But it's a lot nicer in February.
Nov 2, 2012 9:19 AM
February is as good a month as any to go visit finland in the winter.. and the days start slowly to be longer so its definately better than november or december.
But when it comes to your trip i really recomment kyou to go to Levi lfor those two days in the north rather than Rovaniemi if you want to see real Lapland. Rovaniemi is not at all pretty industrial town with just the santa park bringing in visitors. (Theres dreally nothing else too see either)
You can get direct flights to Kittilä (15km from the Levi centre)and maybe stay at thelevi panorama seeing the beautiful lappish wilderness. Theres also a lot of activitiesvfrom husky and motorsled tours to of course skiing and nice restaurants.
Hope you have a good trip!
Nov 16, 2012 9:31 AM
9Always remember one thing: In Finland, there is never cold inside doors. because infrastructure is great. Do not assume to face same coldness than at British islands :) And the weather, it so much depends, noone knows how the weather is going to be at this or next year. Global warming you know.. Maybe in south there is no snow and it is raining. It can anything from +5 to -30 really.
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