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Visit Finland in Winter

Best activities and destinations for winter holiday

Winter holidays for 2023

Winter holidays are held at different times across Finland. In Helsinki and the capital region the winter holiday takes place on week 8 from 20 February onwards. Jyväskylä and Hämeenlinna are off from school on week 9 starting 27 February and Rovaniemi and Oulu on week 10 starting in the beginning of March.

Winter holiday weeks by location
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Getting active during winter holidays

Winter holiday gives you time for many activities

What to do on the winter break? Finland is filled with great destinations for a winter holiday. Have a look at our tips for an active winter holiday and let the train take you to where you desire to be.

By train to ski resorts

Travelling to Lapland is comfortable by train and smooth connections! Search for a journey to your destination and enjoy a night train journey to Rovaniemi, Kolari or Kemijärvi. From the train station, you can continue your journey.

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List of tips for the night train

We have compiled a list of practical tips for a night train journey, containing the best tips for an easy journey.

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Travelling by train with your family

Services for families

A train trip is an exciting adventure for the family and the most comfortable way of travelling with children. Children can play and there is no need for toilet or meal breaks.

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Continue your journey with a rental car

Why not hire a car through us in case the train does not take you directly to your destination? Make use of your time on the train yet still enjoy the freedom of having your own wheels at your destination.

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Enjoy audio books and e-books

Entertainment for the journey

We are offering our customers a 60-day trial period to the Nextory audio book and e-book service with a catalogue of thousands of stories. You can read and listen to as many books as you want with your phone or tablet.

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Winter holiday weeks 2023

In the table you can find the 2023 winter holiday weeks of basic education in the region capitals of mainland Finland.

CityWinter holiday week
Helsinki
week 8, Feb 20–24 2023
Espoo
week 8, Feb 20–24 2023
Vantaa
week 8, Feb 20–24 2023
Hämeenlinna
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Joensuu
week 10, Mar 6–10 2023
Jyväskylä
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Kajaani
week 10, Mar 6–10 2023
Kokkola
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Kotka
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Kuopio
week 10, Mar 6–10 2023
Lahti
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Lappeenranta
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Mikkeli
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Oulu
week 10, Mar 6–10 2023
Pori
week 8, Feb 20–24 2023
Rovaniemi
week 10, Mar 6–10 2023
Seinäjoki
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Tampere
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023
Turku
week 8, Feb 20–24 2023
Vaasa
week 9, Feb 27–Mar 3 2023

Meteorologist's tips to see the Northern Lights

Many go to Lapland for the Northern Lights specifically. Meteorologist Markus Mäntykannas gave us a few tips on how to organise the trip if you want to see the Northern Lights.

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