While many travellers come to Finland for festive Lapland trips or to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, it also makes a great summer destination, offering wild coastal islands, beautiful pine-fringed lakes and buzzing cities such as the capital Helsinki. Ship your luggage to Finland with us and enjoy a 30kg allowance, so you can pack as much as you need and save time at the airport.
Customs: Finland is a member of the EU, so entry for EU citizens is simple. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets. Check the Finnish Customs website for full details.
Price: One way from £44.99!
Shipping times: 6 working days
Flights: Flights to Finland from the UK usually take between two and three hours. Nearly all international airlines provide a service to Finland but flights from the Australasia and Pacific region usually involve at least one change. Major gateways include Helsinki, Oulu, and Rovaniemi.
Currency: Euro (€)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens do not need a visa to travel to Finland. Other nationalities may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: GMT+3
Packing for Finland
Don’t make the mistake of thinking Finland is always cold. The summer season is short, running from mid-June to mid-August, but temperatures can hit 30C and above in the warmer southern regions. Pack suncream, sunglasses, hats and long-sleeve shirts. At other times the weather can be unpredictable, so it’s worth having waterproofs, warm clothes and robust shoes. In far north and during the winter season, snow is a given and temperatures can plunge as low as -30C. Multiple layers, a scarf, gloves and a warm thick coat are essentials. Some accommodation in the far north will provide suitable shoes and outer clothing, but check before you depart.
Ship your bike to Finland
Finland has a wide network of national cycle routes. There are six major routes for those seeking a long distance ride: Via Finlandia, Kings Road, The Great Lakes Route, Coastal Route, Through Southern Finland and Central Finland Route. Another great touring option is The Archipelago Trail, a mix of roads, trails and ferry links out in the Turku archipelago. For mountain biking, try Syöte National Park, just north of Finnish Lakeland. It has around 80 kilometres of well-marked trails. Whichever part of the country you want to explore, Luggage Mule can ship your bike to Finland securely and at reasonable rates, so it’ll be waiting for you when you arrive.
Ship your skis to Finland
Finland’s 75 ski resorts are particularly good for beginners and families. The most popular – including the the ‘Big Four’ of Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka – are in Lapland, where you can also enjoy ice fishing, reindeer sleigh rides and Northern Lights excursions. Further south, the stand-out resort is the village of Iso-Syote, which offers 20 runs and two snowboard parks. All Finnish resorts have great cross-country trails, and those used to the big ski resorts of the Alps will be amazed at how quiet the pistes are. Use Luggage Mule to ship your skis to Finland and discover one of Europe’s most atmospheric and relaxed winter sports destinations.
Ship your golfing gear to Finland
There are over 100 golf courses in Finland, and during the long days of midsummer you can tee off more or less around the clock. Naturally, most courses are in the warmer south, and much of the country’s best golf can be found around Helsinki. The Helsinki Golf Club in Tali Manor Park regularly hosts the Finland golf championships, and other top courses include the scenic and family-friendly Espoo Golf Club and the Linna Golf Course, which is surrounded by pine and birch forest. Save yourself hassle at the airport and let Luggage Mule ship your golf clubs to Finland ahead of you, so all you have to do is turn up and play.
What to ship home from Finland
Reindeer products are a popular Finnish souvenir, and range from whole skins to antler bottle-openers. Other cultural items to bring home include Finnish knives, known as Ilves or Marttiinis, and traditional Christmas ornaments. If you’re buying for kids, look out for Moomin merchandise based on Tove Jansson’s celebrated books and comics – you can pick up all sorts at the Moomin World theme park in Naantali. Whatever you want to bring home, Luggage Mule’s Finland luggage shipping service gives you a 30kg allowance, so you’ll have plenty of room for souvenirs.