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Guidebook Updates for Finland

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Finland, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Finland

  • If your passport is due to expire within six months of your ticketed date of return from Europe, you need to renew it. Allow plenty of time to renew or get a passport, especially while a backlog of applications is causing significant slowdowns — see the US Department of State's travel site for current estimated processing times.
  • Bring proof of vaccination, and be sure to check the latest Covid entry requirements for Finland right up to your date of travel.

For books printed before July 2021, the following may also apply:

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

Helsinki

For books printed before July 2021, the following may also apply:

  • Because of route changes, the Helsinki Tram Tour, which features a loop through Helsinki on public trams #2 and #3, now requires a transfer at the Auroran Sairaala stop (which is several stops past the original transfer point of Töölön halli).
  • Helsinki's main tourist information office is now in the train station. The location near the Esplanade has closed.
  • Hotel Torni, home to the Ateljée Bar, with excellent city views, is scheduled to reopen in late 2021 — but it's unclear if the bar will return after renovations are completed.
  • Academica Summer Hostel has closed.
  • Linda Line has ceased ferry service between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Helsinki's tram lines have been reorganized. New route maps are available on the transport network's website.
  • Temppeliaukio Church now charges admission (€3).
  • Sundmans Krog Bistro has closed.
  • The Erottajanpuisto hostel is now called "Hostel Diana Park."

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Helsinki City Museum is now located at Aleksanterinkatu 16 and is open Mon–Fri 11:00–19:00, Sat–Sun 11:00–17:00.