Finland has one of the most liberal aviation regulations in the world as regards the use of unmanned aircraft and flying models. The level of regulation depends on how the device is used. The requirements for model aircraft used for recreational purposes are significantly lighter than those for remotely piloted aircraft used professionally.
Source: Finnish Transport Safety Agency
Updated January 2018
Finland has some of the most liberal drone laws in the world. During my trip, I saw numerous drones in Inari, Rovaniemi, and Helsinki. Helsinki was the only city where I saw no drone zones. The signs are clearly posted for visitors to see in the locations. Also as the airport is located within a 5 km radius, Kemi is a no drone town.
Instead of remembering the laws all the time, and wondering if it’s safe to fly in your area, simply download the Droneinfo app on your phone. The app is developed by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, and provides you all the information you need regarding flying your drone based on your current location.
If you’re visiting Finland in the winter, you’ll need to be extra careful while flying your drone in the freezing cold. Most drone manufacturers discourage you from flying in temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. The cold negatively affects the battery performance. However, it is still possible to fly your drone in extremely cold conditions by taking a few extra precautions. Read my tips and best practices for flying your drone in cold weather here.
I flew my Mavic in temperatures of -19 degrees Celsius. The drone handled itself beautifully, expect for a slightly lower flight time.