This sparsely populated Scandinavian country with vast forests, spectacular lakes and quaint towns is ideal for touring in a hire car. Finland has a well-developed road network, so almost all attractions are easily accessible by car. Finland covers an area of over 338,000 square kilometres and is rich in beautiful and enchanting natural landscapes.
The south is known as the Capital Region, which includes Helsinki and Hanko, and offers beautiful bathing beaches. In the east, the idyllic lake district is a must for exploring by car. On the coast in the west, with famous cities like Turku, Vaasa or Oulu, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Gulf of Bothnia on your car trip.
To the north lies the unique region of Lapland, where you can marvel at the midnight sun or the spectacle of the polar lights. A hire car is perfect for those who want to explore Finland in their own time at their own leisure.
Experience Finland close up by car
Harmonious calm characterises Lapland. In winter you can experience live the snow-carpeted landscape and the green-glowing, dancing veil of the Aurora borealis in the dark sky. In summer Lake Inari, which is sacred to the Sami, is a highly recommended destination when touring Finland by car. The water shimmers turquoise and pink under the midnight sun. In the middle of this region travellers find extensive forests rich in wildlife. Oulanka National Park lies to the north of the town of Kuusamo.
The idyllic lake district, where you can book a holiday home, aka Mökki, is an open invitation to relax. Savonlinna, where an opera festival takes place in the medieval, well-preserved Olavinlinna Castle, is well worth driving to. Another captivating facet of Finland is the archipelago of small islands offshore of the harbour city of Helsinki, which also offers many cultural highlights with its architectural sights and museums.
Tips for a road trip
As a rule, crossing the border in a hire car from Finland to Sweden or Norway is permitted, but not to Russia. A well developed network of air routes and more than 25 airports is at your disposal. Hire cars are available at almost every airport. With TUI Cars travellers enjoy extra benefits included in the price, such as fully comprehensive insurance and reimbursement in most cases of any excess paid. Look out for reindeer on the roads in central and northern Finland. These animals are accustomed to humans and don’t shy away when cars appear.
In Finland in built-up areas by law car lights must be switched on in the day. The speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h for passenger cars. Ferries are part of the road system and are free in Finland. If you want to travel to different islands in your hire car hire, please note the ferry operating times.