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Compare campervan rental prices in Finland with Camper Champ. Campervans are available in Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Turku.

Rental rates for campervans in Finland open at about €90/day and can reach €220/day or more for larger motorhomes.

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The Self-drive Holiday in Finland

Hop in your campervan, start the engine, and get ready to drive headfirst into the great unknown. Finland comprises friendly towns and plentiful lakes that intersperse its expansive and untouched wilderness. The whole country acts as a camper’s playground, with opportunities for adventure around every corner.

Here’s why a campervan is an ideal choice for a holiday in Finland:

  1. Right to Roam: Wild Camping is legal across most of Finland, meaning there are endless opportunities to escape into nature.

  2. Hotels Cost More than Campsites: Hotels in Finland cost, on average, over £100 per night, which is a fraction of the cost of the many friendly countryside campsites.

  3. You Need Transport: If you want to see even a handful of the 41 National Parks in Finland, not to mention the rural towns and villages, you need to be able to drive between locations.

  4. Nothing Gets Left Behind: When you travel vast distances across the Finnish wilderness, nothing gives you more peace of mind than knowing that your belongings (and phone chargers) are in the vehicle.

Travel Tips for Finland

How can you save money on a campervan holiday in Finland?

Save every penny possible by following these four great tips on stretching your budget on holiday in Finland:

  1. Find Early Bird Discounts: Reserve your campervan, campsite, and daily activities as early as possible to snag those advanced booking discounts.

  2. Camp For Free When Possible: Save money by spending a night or two in the heart of the wilderness. You won’t have access to campsite amenities, but it costs you nothing to sleep under the stars.

  3. Split the Cost With Friends: Only pay a fraction of the costs for your campervan and all the campsites by bringing a friend with you for the adventure.

  4. Travel in the Low Seasons: Finland gets crowds of tourists in the summer and winter, so prices increase. Visit the country at off-peak times to get the best deals on your experiences.

When is the best time to go campervanning in Finland?

Summer is the best time of year for a holiday in Finland, as the country experiences its highest temperatures from June to August, averaging 16°C (61°F) in the south and 11°C (52°F) above the Arctic Circle. Longer daylight hours mean more time to go sightseeing, although northern locations will experience constant sunlight between late May and late July. Finland will likely have more tourists in the summer, but the country has so many parks and activities that you don’t feel overcrowded.

Visiting Finland in the winter allows you to maximise snow sports, everything from skiing to husky sledding, see plenty of Northern Light displays and do it all with fewer crowds. On the flip side, the temperature stays well below 0°C (32°F) at all hours, and you might find certain parks and campsites have to close as roads get covered by layers of snow. In a southern city like Helsinki, you’re looking at 5 to 7 hours of sun in mid-winter. In contrast, Lapland’s Inari plunges into the polar night, meaning there are 0 hours of sunlight between December and mid-January.

Finland has average temperatures of 6°C (43°F) in Helsinki and around 0-5°C (32-41°F) in Inari in the spring or autumn, and you’ll have long, sunny days. This is a good time of year for cheaper travel, but some campsites might remain closed until the hotter months.

How long do you need in Finland for a campervan holiday?

For a short trip to Finland, where you visit Helsinki and some of the surrounding towns and national parks, you would need 5-7 days. If you want to fully explore Finland’s beautiful parks, historic towns, and remarkable regions, such as Lapland, you should plan to travel for 2-4 weeks.

Are there toll roads in Finland?

Fortunately for road trippers, Finland has no toll roads or tunnel fees!

Top 10 Things To Do in Finland

Alongside the incredible 41 National Parks that cover the Finnish wilderness, get inspired by this list of best things to do on a campervan holiday in Finland.

Drive the Archipelago Trail

The Turunmaa Archipelago Trail is a scenic route in southwestern Finland that traverses a network of over 20,000 islands and islets. The trail starts and ends in Turku and covers a distance of about 250 km. Along the way, you can take in the iconic natural beauty of the Finnish islands, with their craggy shores, sandy beaches, and lush forests. Some of the highlights of the Archipelago Trail include the picturesque town of Naantali, the historic Bengtskär lighthouse, the ancient ruins of Kuusisto Castle, and the idyllic island of Korpo.

Jump Into Finnish History in Helsinki

The gleaming white Roman-inspired Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square stand in stark contrast to the imposing scarlet walls of the Uspenski Cathedral, but they’re all worth a visit to gain an understanding of the city’s history. Towards the outskirts lies the island of Seurasaari and its eponymous Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving Finland’s towns as they once were, with small and predominantly wooden structures. The Suomenlinna Fortress sprawls across six islands in the bay of Helsinki. This 18th-century sea fort, now a UNESCO-listed site, has strong outer walls angled in a star shape towards the water.

Go Skiing in Himos

Himos boasts the best slopes near Helsinki, with over 60 miles of tended tracks. Arching down the side of the Karelides Mountains, the slopes cover a range of difficulties, from kid-friendly to a Double Black Diamond. When you’ve finished skiing, head into the towns of the Himos-Jämsä region for more activities like dog sledding and snowmobile riding or warm back up in a traditional sauna or heated indoor pool.

Learn about Sámi Culture in Inari

The northern town of Inari is home to some of Lapland’s natives, called the Sámi. The Sámi have their own distinct culture, which, historically, relied heavily on a nomadic lifestyle based around herding reindeer or ‘reindeer husbandry’. The Sámi language has three dialects, and the people have a strong musical heritage, with songs involving drums and harmonics. You can learn more about their traditions by visiting Inari's Siida Sámi Museum and Nature Centre.

Explore the Wilderness of Lapland

Lapland is a region located in the northernmost part of Finland, bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Known for its vast wilderness, snowy landscapes, and unique culture, Lapland offers visitors abundant skiing, snowboarding, and sledding opportunities. You can also visit the villages of the indigenous Sami people, like Nellin, Karesuando, and Saariselkä, to experience their arts, customs, and traditions, including reindeer husbandry.

Try Your Luck at Gold Panning in Lemmenjoki

Aside from being a stunning expanse of unmarred natural beauty, Lemmenjoki National Park also hides a rich underground source of gold. Gold panning, or sifting for gold near rivers, has led to some sizeable finds and a new regional tourism industry. A proper permit is required to mine in the area, so the easiest way to test your luck is by joining a gold panning day trip. Find these online in advance or at local visitor centres.

See the Northern Lights

The spectacular Aurora Borealis light show can be seen in Finland during the winter months, typically from late August to early April. However, the best time to see the Northern Lights is from December to February, when the nights are long and dark. They can be seen throughout the country, but you can find the best views in northern towns and villages like Inari, Rovaniemi, Ylläs, and Kilpisjärvi.

Experience Winter in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, the Finnish capital of Lapland, is the ultimate winter wonderland and the best place to visit on a family trip. The city’s highlight is the Santa Claus Village, a year-round Christmas-themed resort with a ‘Letters to Santa’ Post Office, shops run by elves, and Santa himself. Reindeer farms can also be found in the village and throughout the region, as well as husky-sled rides. Rovaniemi even has spectacular views of the Northern Lights if you come during the winter.

See an Array of Finnish Architecture in Turku

Turku is a port city that stands guard over the entryway into the Gulf of Bothnia. With a long history dating back 800 years, the town blends weathered cobblestone streets with both old and contemporary architecture. Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral represent the utilitarian medieval Finnish styles, while the open-air Luostarinmäki Artisan Museum brings you back to a time when the locals lived in low wooden houses. The Botanic Garden of Turku shows the future of design with a collection of arched glass greenhouses.

Walk Through a Wooden Town

Finland has several historic towns with one unique peculiarity: all original buildings are constructed of wood. Rauma, located on the west coast of Finland, boasts a UNESCO-listed Old Town with over 600 well-preserved wooden houses. Porvoo, a charming town near Helsinki, combines colourful wooden houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and a beautiful riverfront. Other notable wooden towns in Finland include Naantali, Jakobstad, Kokkola, and Kaskinen.

Parking a Campervan in Finland

Where are some of the best places to park a campervan in Finland?

Campervans can park in Finland in public or privately-owned car parks, provided you are within all height restrictions and pay for parking.

Adverse weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or heavy rain, may affect where you can park in Finland. It's important to note that the speed limit for campervans and other vehicles may also be reduced during these times. Always drive at a safe speed and adjust your driving and parking to the conditions of the road.

Where can you park a campervan overnight in Finland?

In Finland, the right to roam, or jokamiehenoikeus, allows people to camp on public land for up to two days without asking for permission. This means that wild camping is generally legal in Finland, as long as it is done responsibly, meaning you don’t endanger yourself or the environment and you steer clear of all designated nature reserves and national parks. You are not allowed to drive off-road unless you get a special licence from the nearby authorities, and even then, they will probably only allow a 4WD camper to drive on natural terrain.

National Parks in Finland

Which are the best national parks to visit in Finland?

Finland’s vast and beautiful wilderness is celebrated in its 41 National Parks, ranging from lagoon-filled wetlands like Kolovesi, Linnansaari, and Pyhä-Häkki to the craggy hills of Pallas-Yllästunturi and Urho Kekkonen. Fans of coastal hikes should head directly to the Archipelago and Ekenäs Archipelago National Parks, while those staying close to Helsinki get to explore the nearby Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi National Parks.

Located close to Helsinki, Nuuksio National Park is the perfect Finnish storybook destination, with densely-packed conifers surrounding peaceful lakes. In the summer, those brave enough can swim in the water, while the whole park gets layered in snow during the winter. Unless you can handle a night of wild camping, the closest campsite to Nuuksio is Rastila Camping, found in our list of “Top 10 Campervan-friendly Campsites” below.

Repovesi is a hilly park in the heart of Finland’s inland lagoons. Gentle shady trails that wind up the shallow peaks provide scenic views of the lakes below, and suspension bridges hang between cliff faces. Camping Purho is the best campsite near Repovesi and a stay at this campsite starts at £23 per day, electricity included. The camp offers services such as laundry, showers, kitchens, and a sauna, or you can buy a fishing licence at the camp office for £5.30 and try your luck at catching rainbow trout from the nearby lake.

The rocky archipelagos and grassy shoreline of the Bothnian Sea National Park provide a pristine stretch of walking paths through wild bluffs with panoramic views. This coastal park is a hotspot for local and migratory birds, including rare species like the Black-crowned Night Heron and the Hawk Owl. Perched on the sandy shores near Pori, the Yyteri Resort & Camping offers pitches with electric connections on the sand, grass, or waterfront, starting from £19 a night. It wouldn’t be resort camping without amenities. Yyteri has a range of activities, including two saunas, a summer store and restaurant, mini golf, a kid's playground, bike rentals, and cooking and laundry facilities.

Many Finnish photographers agree that the most captivating natural shots can be found at the Koli National Park. Here, steadfast stone mountains rise over vast inland lakes dotted with tiny islands while the path behind you leads towards a lush fir forest. It’s easy to take in the view and embrace the whispers of nature, imagining that you’ve travelled back a few thousand years. Paalasmaan is a rustic campsite on an island in one of Koli’s lakes that offers hot showers, two saunas, and a summer kitchen and café alongside boat and canoe rentals. A night on the enchanting island goes for £31, including electricity access.

The Hossa National Park, in central Finland, is where shallow, pine-shaded lakes meet rocky, fir-forested hills, and suspension bridges guide your way along hiking trails between the park's varied environments. Hossa is known for its ancient art—the Värikallio Rock Paintings—a series of Stone Age-era drawings on a cliff face. In the centre of Hossa Park lies Camping Hossan Lumo, a country campsite that offers electric pitches for £27 a day, with access to a sanitary building. In the summer months, guests can use the lakeside beach and sauna while younger travellers enjoy the playground, and a light meal can be found at the summer café and mini market.

Pyhä-Luosto is a spectacular highland park with miles of walking trails roaming boulder-covered hills and creekside woods. Pyhä-Luosto is home to Scandinavian wildlife, including bears, mooses, reindeer, otters, and foxes, although you won’t see much of them outside of the summer months. Camping Nilimella, this tranquil Laplandian campsite, is conveniently located near the park and the road to the north. The camp has a summer kiosk, a riverside restaurant, a bathing beach, and saunas. A service building containing kitchens, laundry facilities and showers is open to guests who stay at the Nilimella overnight for £26.

Lemmenjoki is Finland's largest national park, covering a frosty expanse in northern Lapland. The park stretches on forever, with trees, mountains, lakes, and plains, an unspoiled wilderness for intrepid adventurers to uncover. While there, you can get a feel for the indigenous Sami culture in any of the area’s villages and participate in Lemmenjoki traditions like husky sledding or gold-digging. Valkeaporo Campsite is a campervan haven this far north, operating from June to September and with only ten spaces with electricity, it’s best to book in advance. Amenities include an outdoor kitchen, saunas, and a traditional wooden “Kammi” hut with a fire pit, all for the low nightly cost of £26.

A few more stunning places to visit include the craggy Urhu Kekkonen and Pallas-Yllästunturi National Parks in northern Finland, the idyllic lake-filled parks of central Finland like Rokua and Salamajärvi, and the southern grassy plains of Torronsuo and Valkmusa. Finland also has some protected marine areas like the Archipelago, Ekenäs Archipelago, and Perämeri National Parks that are best explored by rented boat.

How much is campervan entry to a National Park in Finland? Are any permits required?

In Finland, there are no entry fees for the national parks. However, some national parks may have facilities such as parking lots, museums, exhibits, activities, or guided tours that charge a small fee. This amount varies depending on the park and the service provided.

It's always a good idea to check the website of the specific national park you want to visit for more information on any fees or permits required if you plan on doing any activities other than hiking.

Top 10 Campervan-friendly Campsites in Finland

Here are the 10 best campervan-friendly campsites in Finland:

Arctic Circle Islands

near Rovaniemi: Running from June to August, this peaceful riverside campsite has waterfront pitches with electric hookups for £37 per day. Guests can also cook in the summer kitchen and make use of the sanitary facilities.

Camping Härmälä

in Tampere: This central campsite has it all: a sauna, a pizzeria, a kiosk, mini golf, pedal cars, and rental bikes and kayaks. A night in a grassy electric hookup pitch goes for around £34.

Inari Camping

in Inari: A small, rural campground in the heart of Inari, home to an indigenous Sami population. Stay here in an electric pitch for £31 per day. Camp facilities include a lake-view sauna, washers and dryers, a summer kitchen, and bike and canoe rentals.

Camping Lappeenranta

in Lappeenranta: This idyllic lakeside camp, complete with a sauna, offers quick access to the town while still embracing its natural side. An overnight stay on a grassy pitch with an electric connection starts from £21.

Naantali Camping

near Turku: Situated between Turku and its archipelagos, Naantali opens its pitches, sauna, and café for campers between April and August. A night in an electric pitch costs £34.

Nilimella Campsite

in Sodankylä: If you want a convenient stopover on your drive north, look no further than the sprawling Nilimella Campsite. For £28 a night, you can stay on a large grassy pitch with an electric connection and use the maintenance building and sauna.

Rastila Camping

near Helsinki: Sleep under the shade of a fir forest near a private sandy beach at this peaceful campsite, which has easy access to the centre of Helsinki. Spacious pitches with electric hookups start at £32 per night.

Camping Rauhalahti

near Kuopio: Another friendly campsite perched on the edge of one of Finland’s many inland lakes, Rauhalahti offers kitchen and laundry services alongside kayak rentals and a collection of nature hikes. A pitch with electric and water hookups costs around £32 a day.

Top Camping Vaasa

in Vaasa: Operating from May to August, this farm-style camp is the perfect summer spot for families, with a sauna, playground, laundry facilities, and pub. A connected pitch costs £26 per night.

Värminkoski Campsite

near Oulu: This rustic natural campsite offers meadow pitches with electric connections for £26 per night. Sanitary facilities are located around the site, and guests can rustle up a meal in the BBQ hut.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of licence do you need to hire a campervan in Finland?

You must have a valid Standard Type B Driving Licence to drive a motorhome in Finland.

The minimum age to rent a campervan varies from 19 to 25, depending on the rental company. Generally, you must be at least 21 and have over a year of driving experience.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.