Finland is not the cheapest country to travel so here are my best 4 budget tips on how to stay the night here without going bankrupt:
- Budget hotel Omenahotels.com has a hotel in many of the cities here. It is a budget hotel were one room offers 1-4 sleeps for the same price, and there is always a fridge, micro and electric kettle. I’ve blogged more about it here.
- If you go hiking in Lapland, there will be simple free huts (tunturimaja) to sleep in. They are simple, you need to have your own sleeping bags and camp kitchen, and usually they have big bunk beds, in the bigger ones even 10 people may sleep on one bed next to each other. If the hut gets full, the first ones to arrive (even if you haven’t rested yet) need to give room for the newly arrived. However, do not go hiking if you do not know the Finnish nature or weather conditions.
- Obviously there are hostels also, like everywhere in the world.
- There are plenty of lovely and tidy camp sites all around Finland but many of them are closed in the winter time.
- Most of them have great facilities: always some sort of indoors cooking facilities (often offering some utensils and pots but I’ve always taken my own) as well as a bbq place (on real fire), opportunity to do laundry (no laundromats in Finland), playgrounds, often a kiosk, maybe a possibility to play minigolf.
- They are often situated by a lake or by the sea, so there is often a possibility to swim, borrow a rowing boat and rent a sauna.
- You can stay in a tent (you pay per tent and per person so 2 people in a tent is about 20e/night) or trailor and use their facilities otherwise, or you can rent a simple cabin. The cabins are often for 4 people with two bunk beds. The cheapest ones are typically about 50e/ night but then toilets and showers are in a common block. They do, however, often have a fridge. Some of the fancier camp sites have better equipped cabins as well, including own toilets, showers and kitchenettes.
And then there is something called Freedom to Roam, which among others gives you the right to pitch your tent pretty much everywhere but a yard as long as you do not harm the nature or the purpose of the location. However, I would not sleep everywhere any more. The same right gives you the right to access forests, pick berries etc. You can read more about it in Wikipedia