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This creamy fish soup originated in Lapland, but is popular all over the country. Simple and hearty, it's made from chunks of salmon with potatoes and leeks, delicately flavoured with a generous helping of dill.
Best eaten at - Ravintola AinoPohjoisesplanadi 21, Helsinki
Meatballs are a standard feature of Scandinavian cuisine, but the Finnish take are bigger and heartier than most. They can be made from beef, pork or reindeer and are commonly served with potatoes, lingonberry jam and creamy gravy.
Best eaten at - Kahvila Suomi, Pursimiehenkatu 12, Helsinki
If there's one thing the Finns love it's a herring. Smoked, salted, baked or pickled, it's a Finnish favourite and is enthusiastically consumed throughout the country. Try it fried, with plenty of potatoes on the side - definitely a Finland travel 2016 must!
Best eaten at - Kosmos, Kalevankatu 3, Helsinki
Sautéed reindeer is a typical food of the Sami people, and can be readily found in Helsinki restaurants. It's thinly sliced then fried, and is usually served with mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam and pickled cucumber.
Best eaten at - Lappi RavintolaAnnankatu 22, Helsinki
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.