Fascinating Finland is one of the most essential destinations in Northern Europe, and offers a host of winning attractions. Here you can see the Northern Lights, jump in a sauna; ski or snowboard at resorts like Levi, Ruka and Saariselkä or visit ancient fortresses like Turku Castle; trek in the Riisitunturi National Park or simply kick back at one of Helsinki's many excellent cafés and dig into one of the best coffee scenes in Europe.

With vast tracts of unspoiled wilderness and a unique mix of European and Russian culture, Finland is a place with plenty to interest all comers. Read on for our pick of the top 5 Finland travel essentials.

Language: Finnish, Swedish
Currency: Euro
Electricity: 230V
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Finland
Dialing Code: +358
Time Zone: (GMT+02:00)

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What To Pack?

Sunglasses - A good pair of shades is absolutely essential accessory in a land where the sun doesn't set for a good portion of the year.

An eye mask - The midnight sun can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns. In the event that your room doesn't have blackout curtains, an eye mask just might save your bacon!

A raincoat - There are countries with unpredictable weather, then there's Finland. Conditions change from hour to hour and showers are a common occurrence even in summer!

An adapter plug - Finland uses European-style 2-pin plug sockets, with a voltage of 230V. Bring a step-down transformer if you want to use appliances that run on 110V.

Sensible footwear - Whether you're pounding the streets of Helsinki, exploring the Fortress of Suomenlinna or checking out Ranua Zoo, you'll be dong a lot of walking here so a pair of comfy shoes is a must.

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