When to Go

High Season (Jul)

  • Attractions and lodgings are open.
  • Hotels outside Helsinki are often substantially cheaper.
  • Summer budget accommodation is open.
  • Boat cruises running.
  • Numerous festivals across country.

Shoulder (Jun & Aug)

  • Long days with decent temperatures.
  • Most attractions are open.
  • Not as crowded as July.
  • Fewer insects up north.
  • Country shuts down over midsummer weekend.

Low Season (Sep–May)

  • Outside cities, many attractions are closed.
  • Hotels charge top rates, except on weekends.
  • Aurora-spotting chances are highest in October, November and March.
  • December to April is busy for winter sports.
  • Short, cool or cold days.