While Finland may not be the first country that comes to mind when you’re planning a trip, it’s actually one of our team’s favourite destinations. Thanks to the country’s wide range of cultural and natural gems, all of which are highly accessible, its attractions appeal to visitors from far and near – particularly to those who are disabled. Holidays here are not only entertaining and engaging, but also largely hassle-free, no matter what your physical ability.
To warm you up to the idea of visiting Finland, we’ve put together a guide to its best wheelchair-friendly highlights, which we frequently include in our clients’ itineraries. For castles, snow and reindeer, read on!
In a Nutshell
Finland has been leading the way towards accessibility in Scandinavia since the 1970s. While the government has made a consistent effort to accommodate the needs of travellers who are disabled, holidays around the country have become significantly easier in recent years. Throughout the last decade, several major cities have worked hard to make landmark attractions and activities accessible to all, which is particularly noticeable in the capital of Helsinki. Here you’ll be able to pop into theatres, museums, churches and most other cultural highlights with ease, and enjoy the city’s variety of sights and sounds in an entirely stress-free manner. To round it all off, the people are known to be welcoming and friendly, making it easy to ask for help at any point in time.
Since Finland has been primarily concerned with making tourist attractions accessible, you can be sure that sightseeing will be as effortless as possible. Whether you’re visiting the nineteenth-century Helsinki or the 700-year-old Turku Castle, you’ll find that the majority of highlights – both old and new – are equipped with accessible entryways, bathrooms and lifts, as well as hearing induction loops and signage guidance. In some cases, such as in that of the Turku Castle, it’s truly amazing that historic buildings meet every visitor’s needs, yet manage to retain their authentic charm.
Out in Nature
Although culture lovers will have plenty of gems to uncover, Finland is most famous for its stunning scenery. While this may make you doubt the country’s accessibility to visitors who are disabled, holidays that focus on exploring the great outdoors are extremely popular among our clients. This is in no small part due to the country’s efforts to make national parks and other dramatically beautiful spots easily accessible to everyone. With the help of railings, wide ramps, duckboards, wheelchair-friendly toilets and more, discovering the natural troves of Finland becomes a breeze – especially when you have us to help you organise your outings.
If you have mobility issues or are travelling with someone who is disabled, holidays that include a visit to the Arctic may sound daunting. Much like the rest of the country, however, taking advantage of all that Lapland has to offer is easier than it may seem, not to mention that it makes for a highly rewarding experience. Our clients who dare to face the cold can never get enough of Rovaniemi, the region’s capital, which boasts an exciting mix of cultural and adrenaline-fuelled activities. Some of my favourites include reindeer safaris and snowmobiling, although taking in the town’s vibrant ambiance is also very worthwhile. If you’d like to make the most of this snowy excursion, my team and I are happy to arrange the above activities – and many others – for you.
Would you like to venture off the beaten path and discover Finland’s rugged landscapes and cultural charm firsthand? If our accessible guide has triggered your travel itch, don’t hesitate to ask us for more information. Along with the above attractions and activities, we have an extensive portfolio of hotels that take accessibility to a new level. Get in touch with us to hear about our bespoke itineraries for visiting this forward-thinking country.