Attractions from Finland


The Avasaka Mountain

If you are planning on visiting Finland during the midsummer, you must not miss out on a visit to the Avasaka Mountain. The 242 metres high mountain is right next to the town of Ylitornio, which is located close to the Swedish border. The Avasaka Mountain has for centuries been the scene of an old tradition: on Midsummer Eve, a big crowd gathers on the top of the mountain in order to watch the dancing of the midnight sun.


Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral dates back to 1852 and today it represents the city. The cathedral has an abundance of columns and cupolas, and it looms majestically over the city from the top of the stairs leading up to it. The cathedral is located on the Square of the Senate, which is surrounded by several buildings also conceived by the man who designed the cathedral, namely the famous architect C.A. Engel. These buildings give the square a symmetrical and rather unique appearance.

The Museum of Modern Art

Helsinki's Museum of Modern Art is situated in the brand new facilities of Kiasma, a newly build gallery that has formed a centre of attention since its opening. The building is, like its collection of Finnish and international art of high quality, an attraction in itself.

The Temple Church

The Temple Church is quite extraordinary and draws a well-deserved amount of attention from the tourists of the city. The church has been carved out of a colossal mountain, and the rough stonewalls, in addition to a big copper dome, gives the interior of the church a very unique appearance.


The town of Hämeenlinna

The history of Hämeenlinna is evident in the town's great castle, in the archeological excavations, and in the many museums and churches of the town. The history of the town dates back to the age of the Vikings and walking down the streets of Hämeenlinna is like strolling through history itself.


The Town of Kristinestadt

The town of Kristinestadt lies a good deal south of Vaasa and is a piece of Finnish history in its own right. The extremely charming coastal town has a number of very old houses and interesting museums.


The town of Lahti

The town of Lathi is known for its great opportunities for skiing. The city has more than once hosted the world championship in skiing and every year a big international ski competition is being held here. Likewise, the town is the home of some very impressing hills for ski jumping.


The City of Rovaniemi

The city of Rovaniemi is actually the capital of Lapland. The city, which is located near the polar circle, was destroyed during the Second World War, but was later rebuilt by supervision of the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Rovaniemi is rich in attractions, among these the Polar Circle Cabin and the house of Santa Claus, a tourist attraction that is the result of the local belief in Finland as the home of Santa Claus.

The Highland

The highland of Lapland includes the area north of the polar circle and is covered by high mountains and roaring rivers (with plenty of fish) and has a great nature reserve. The area is perfect for skiing in the winter, while the desolate wastes draws on hiking enthusiasts like a magnet in the fall when the mosquitoes are gone.

The Kuusamo territory

The Kuusamo territory makes up the south-eastern part of Lapland. The area covers as much as 6,000 km2 of Lapland, but is almost completely desolated. The Kuusamo area is covered in snow every winter, which is why the area has a number of well-attended ski resorts with good excellent skiing facilities. In the summer time, Kuusamo offers the perfect conditions for hiking and wild water rafting.


The Island of Hailuoto

The Island of Hailuoto lies in the Gulf of Bothnia and is just the right place to go if you want to visit the old traditional fishing hamlets of Finland. In addition, the island has many beautiful beaches, with excellent swimming conditions.

The Island of Turkansaari

The Island of Turkansaari lies in the great Oulujoki River and is the home of a fascinating open-air museum with many old wooden houses and farms.

The Tietomaa Center of Knowledge

As Finland's heart of technology, Oulu offers its visitors the opportunity of getting a first hand look at the amazing world of science in the impressing Tietomaa Centre of Knowledge.

Saimaa Area

The Punkaharju Ridge

Near Punkaharju, which is located close to the Russian border, lies the Punkaharju Ridge. The ridge is situated in scenic surroundings and is originally a glacial formation. Today, the ridge is a part of a national park, which serves as a perfect place for hiking.

The Saimaa Canal

The 43 km long Saimaa Canal connects the enormous lake system with the Gulf of Finland. Commercial ships and ordinary boats use the canal, and many tourists come here to take a boat tour of the canal that was closed during much of the Cold War. The Saimaa Canal runs through Russian territory, which is why it is necessary to show one's passport and obtain a permit in order to sail the canal.

The town of Savonlinna

The town of Savonlinna is sprawled out on a number of the Saimaa Lake's small islands and peninsulas. The town is home to an amazing castle that is one of the most well preserved medieval buildings in the Nordic countries. Also, Savonlinna hosts the famous Savonlinna Opera Festival that attracts both tourists and locals.


The Theater of Alvar Aaltos

A little east of Vaasa lies the town of Seinäjoki, whose pride is a fantastic theatre building, designed by the world famous Finnish architect Alvar Aaltos. The theatre is worth visiting in order to enjoy both the performances taking place and the wonderful architecture.

Southern Lakes

The Aulanko National Park

Close to the city of Hämeenlinna you will find the great Aulanko National Park, full of everything that a hiker could possible want: gigantic woods, idyllic lakes, and romantic castle ruins. Also, the park is the home of the spectacular Bear's Lair with the remarkable stone bears carved in the 19th century by a rich, eccentric man.


The Hämeensilta Bridge

From the Hämeensilta Bridge that spans the Tampere waterfall, the view of the city's old industrial quarter is impressing. Several of the old warehouses and factory buildings have been turned into apartments and cultural facilities, but from the bridge it is possible to get an impression of what the old industrial city used to look like.

The Kaleva Church

The so-called Kaleva Church in Tampere is an impressing modern construction. The church was built in the late 1960s and combines modern Finnish architecture (the church looks a bit like a gigantic Aalto vase) with the architecture of classic cathedrals. There is a magnificent view from the top of the church.

The Valley of the Mumis

Tampere is the home of the legendary Valley of the Mumis, which is the prevailing universe in the world famous children's' books about the Mumi Trolls, written by the Finnish writer Tove Jansson. The valley features Tove Jansson's own interpretation of the Mumi Tower and is all in all a terrific place for children and childish spirits.


The Old Vaasa Ruins

Originally, the town of Vaasa was located further inland than it is today, but a violent fire destroyed the town in the middle of the 19th century. The city was later rebuilt in its current location. It is a fascinating experience to visit the ruins of the old town where only a small church was left untouched by the flames.


The Castle of Turku

The Castle of Turku was founded in the 13th century and has been rebuild on several occasions during its history. During the Second World War, the castle was severely damaged, but was later brought back to its original state of beauty. Today, the castle is often used for concert arrangements.

The Museum of Turku

During the construction of a new museum in Turku, workers discovered some remarkably well preserved remains of houses and streets from the medieval period. A decision was made to turn the archaeological site into an outdoor village museum, and thus an entire museum complex was established, exhibiting both these medieval findings and the modern art that was the original purpose of the museum. The complex was given the name Ars Vetus - Ars Nova (Latin for "New Art - Modern Art") and apart from visiting the exhibition of modern art it is from time to time possible to witness the archaeologists doing excavations on the premises.

Turku Cathedral

The Turku Cathedral dates back to the 14th century, but extensions have been added to it several times since then. From the roof of the cathedral, a tower reaches 92 meters into the sky and inside the cathedral is a museum dedicated to a 600-year-old chalice. In other words, history is pouring out from every crack in the walls of the old cathedral.

Åland Islands

The beautiful nature of Åland

On the Åland Isles there is only one sight worth mentioning and that is the nature. No matter how many nice things that can be said about the small villages, the castles, the ruins, and the churches of Åland, the real attraction is still the nature: The cliffs, the meadows, the beaches, the fields, and off cause the water that surrounds the Land of the 6,000 Islands as the small community is also called.

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