Accommodation in Finland is costly, with average hotel rooms costing €100 or more per night. Many big hotels are less expensive on weekends and in the summer. Check out local chains Cumulus, Scandic, Finlandia, and Sokos in addition to the typical international names. The tiny but rapidly expanding Omena company provides often low-cost self-service hotels, where you book online and get a keycode for your room, with no check-in required. What is notable is the lack of international hotel chains outside of the city; you will only rarely encounter global hotel names, but the majority of hotels are operated by locals or by a local brand. So don’t expect to rack up points if you remain in the country.
Check if breakfast and linen are included when looking for cheap choices; they are in normal hotels but not in many budget ones. Extras like saunas and Internet access are occasionally offered at low-cost rates.
Staying at youth hostels (retkeilymaja) is one of the few methods to minimize the harm, since the Finnish Youth Hostel Association has a very extensive network across the country and a dorm bed typically costs less than €20 per night. Many hostels now offer private rooms for as low as €30 per night, which is a fantastic bargain if you want a bit more solitude.
Staying in a cottage (mökki), hundreds of which dot the lake banks, is a great way to see the Finnish countryside. These are usually finest in the summer, although there are numerous cottages near Lapland’s ski destinations as well. Prices vary greatly depending on the amenities, location, and season: basic cottages may be found for as low as €20/night, but €40–80 is more common; there are more costly large or luxury cottages; and the price at a winter resort can more than double during school holidays. Some cabins are only accessible for a single night. Be aware that, while all but the most basic cottages will have electricity, it’s very common for them to lack running water: instead, the cottage will have an outhouse (pit toilet), and you’ll be expected to bathe in a shared shower/sauna (which you may have to book in advance) or even in the sauna and lake. Renting a vehicle is often required since there may be no amenities (shops, restaurants, etc.) within walking distance. Choose if you want a cottage away from others, in a “cottage village,” or a compromise. Lomarengas and Nettimökki, the two biggest cottage rental businesses, both offer English interfaces.
There are other campgrounds located across the nation. Prices range from €10–20 for tent or caravan plus €4–6/€2 per person, but there are some more costly sites. A discount card may be beneficial. In season, night temperatures are seldom a problem (usually 5–15°C, but freezing temperatures are conceivable in July, at least in Lapland). Unless they include cottages suitable for winter usage, most campgrounds are closed during the off season.
An even less expensive alternative is to take use of Finland’s right to access, also known as Every Man’s Right (jokamiehenoikeus), which permits camping, hiking, berry and mushroom picking, and basic (rod and hook) fishing on uncultivated ground outside of built-up areas or yards. To prevent awkward situations, it may be a good idea to discuss travel arrangements with a local – or just inquire at the closest home – since this is sometimes misunderstood by visiting foreigners. It should be noted that starting a fire needs the consent of the landowner.
Almost every accommodation in Finland offers a sauna (see below) for visitors – don’t miss it! However, check the operation hours since they are often only heated in the nights and may have different shifts for men and women. Saunas at cottages are often heated with wood; you should definitely ask for directions.