10 Best Places to Visit in Finland

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10 Best Places to Visit in Finland

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While not technically a part of Scandinavia, Finland boasts some of the same traits as its neighboring countries. Incredible scenery, unspoiled nature and a relatively liberal, modern political system are all positive attributes of Finland. In the winter the Northern Lights can be seen in the northernmost part of the country while in warmer months many Finns love to head to their summer cottages to enjoy some swimming, fishing, barbecuing but most of all the sauna. When visiting Finland, it is natural to head to Helsinki, but your itinerary should also include other destinations beyond the capital. From small towns to natural wonders, this list highlights the best places to visit in Finland.

10. Levi 

Levi

 

With so much unspoiled landscape, Finland is a nature lover’s dream destination. For outdoor enthusiasts, winter resort of Levi is undoubtedly a top pick for fun. Located in Finnish Lapland, Levi boasts miles of trails for skiing and snowboarding. There are also opportunities for more unusual activities such as reindeer safaris, ice fishing expeditions and relaxing in large outdoor saunas. The nightlife in Levi is a major draw for Finnish residents, so don’t leave until you have explored the bars, lounges and clubs in Central Levi.

9. Tampere

Tampere

 

Although it is the third-largest city in Finland, Tampere is still not a huge urban area, and it feels more like a collection of neighborhoods than a major metropolis. To get an understanding of Tampere’s history and heritage, check out the Vapriikki, a museum complex housing the Natural History Museum and the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, among others. Outdoor recreation like skiing and hockey are incredibly popular in Tampere, but the less athletically inclined can settle for a stroll through outdoor hubs like Duck Park or the Hatanpää Arboretum. The popular Särkänniemi Adventure Park on the edge of downtown features an aquarium, a planetarium, a children’s zoo, an art museum and an observation tower with great views of the forests and lakes.

8. Aland Archipelago

Aland Archipelago

 

In the heart of the Baltic Sea is a collection of islands known as the Aland Archipelago. While they technically do belong to Finland, the islands run relatively autonomously. Unusually, this is one part of Finland where you are more likely to hear residents speaking Swedish than Finnish! Ferries shuttle visitors between the Aland Islands, offering you the chance to see attractions like the ship turned museum called the Pommern, the Aland Maritime Museum, the 14th century castle called Kastelholm and the miles of stunning hiking trails. Don’t miss the culinary specialty of the archipelago, a dessert pancake topped with stewed plums and whipped cream.

7. Kemi

Kemi

 

Industrially, Kemi is a city in Finnish Lapland that is known best for its pulp mills. Travelers, however, know Kemi best as the location of the iconic snow castle. The castle is built yearly, and it can be three stories tall and serve as the venue for weddings and live musical performances. Guests can even stay overnight in the snow hotel, should they choose! Kemi also has a bustling nightlife scene, and the destination is where you can board the arctic icebreaker tour that winds through the arctic waters in search of breathtaking icebergs and incredible views.

6. Finnish Lakeland

Finnish Lakeland

 

As the name suggests, Finnish Lakeland is as area of Finland where there is an abundance of lakes. There are about 55,000 lakes here that are at least 200 meters (660 feet) wide! The region is spread across central and eastern Finland, and it is bound by the stunning Salpausselkä Ridges as well as the Russian border. The largest lake in the district is Lake Saimaa, where you can swim, boat or just hike the perimeter and soak in the views. While in Finnish Lakeland, you can also explore the university town of Jyväskylä or the medieval St. Olaf’s Castle.

5. Turku

Turku

 

Along the coast of Southern Finland is Turku, a city that served as the capital of Finland for much of the 19th century and is also believed to be the oldest in the nation. Although Helsinki has long since taken over as the capital, Turku is still a major destination in Finland, and it is home to countless historic attractions and cultural landmarks. Some of the top things to see in Turku include the 13th century Turku Castle, the twin museums called Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and the neighborhood of Luostarinmäki, which is one of the few areas with architecture that survived the early 19th century fire in the city.

4. Porvoo

Porvoo

 

The second-oldest town in all of Finland is Porvoo, a destination known for its unique and picturesque wooden homes. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Porvoo, known to locals as Vanha Porvoo, you can see landmarks from the 13th century, although much of the wooden architecture was constructed at the end of the 19th century. Other great ways to pass the time in Porvoo include touring the 11th century Porvoo Cathedral, exploring local art and heritage at the Porvoo Museum and indulging in delicious local pastries and candies at the Brunberg shop, an iconic business in the city.

3. Savonlinna

Savonlinna

 

A small city in the heart of Finnish Lakeland, Savonlinna is a charming historic destination worth a visit on your next trip to Finland. Located in the middle of Lake Saimma on a series of islands, the area’s biggest attraction is unquestionably Olavinlinna, or St. Olaf’s Castle, which was built in the 15th century. Since the castle’s location wasn’t militarily or politically important for centuries, it has withstood the test of time and remains largely intact and furnished. Also worth checking out in Savonlinna is the Orthodox Museum, the Savonlinna Provincial Museum and nearby Kerimäki, where the world’s biggest wooden church is located. In Savonlinna’s market square, be sure to dig into muikku, or a local herring dish, from one of the many vendors in the area.

2. Rovaniemi 

Rovaniemi

 

If you want to experience the beauty of Lapland, then Rovaniemi is the ultimate gateway to it all. The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi was completely destroyed at the end of the Second World War. As a result, much of the architecture is mid-century and brutalist in design. While Rovaniemi is home to a number of wonderful attractions, a highlight is undoubtedly that it serves as the official Finnish home to Santa Claus. Visitors can tour Santa Claus Village, get stamps from the Santa Claus Post Office and even visit the Santa-themed underground amusement park. None-Christmas attractions in Rovaniemi include the Korundi House of Culture, the Pilke Science Center and the engineering feat known as the Jätkänkynttilä Bridge.

1. Helsinki

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Finland

 

As the country’s capital, Helsinki is the most popular place to visit in Finland and a destination you won’t want to miss. If Helsinki looks a lot like St. Petersburg, it is because it was built to replicate the Russian city’s style in 1812. Today, some of the main attractions in Helsinki include the many churches, the three most important of which include the Lutheran Cathedral, the Church in the Rock and the Uspenski Cathedral. The stadium that served as the site of the 1952 Olympics is worth a visit, as is the art deco architecture of the Parliament House. While there are dozens of excellent museums and galleries in Helsinki, one of the best to see is the National Museum of Finland, which does a great job of tracing Finnish history over time.

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TOP 10 things to do in Helsinki, Finland

I’ve been living in Finland for the last decade and though I only lived in Helsinki for a total of five years, I’ve grown fond of the city’s laid-back lifestyle despite its high cost of living. I’ll try to provide as much useful information to you guys as I tackle some of my local tips on the things to do in Helsinki for first-time visitors!

Helsinki is better known as the “Daughter of the Baltic” is a young city filled with innovative young creatives who keeps on making Helsinki one of the most interesting places to live at. Also, this beautiful city ranks on the top as one of the world’s most favorable place to live due it is almost zero crime rate, peaceful surroundings, equality amongst men and women, great educational system, and of course, the world renown healthcare system. Of course, all these wonderful things applies to Finland as a country and not just Helsinki.

However, this post aims to give visitors a great overview of what to expect and the cool things to do in Helsinki. I’ll concentrate on places which the locals would also enjoy going to and not just the main touristic places which every single other blog post already have (but I’ll include them in here, as well).

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1. GO FOR A RELAXING TIME AT HELSINKI’S OLDEST PUBLIC SAUNA!

If you are planning to visit Helsinki or Finland for that matter, then I am assuming that you have heard about the importance of Sauna in the Finnish culture. But truly, what is a sauna? Basically, it is a room with a sauna stone (with stones on top) either heated by electricity or wood and you heat the whole room up by throwing water on the hot stone thus creating hot steam.

Sauna claims to have many health benefits and it is one of the foundations that stabilizes the Finnish culture. For instance, a family gathers weekly to enjoy the sauna either in their homes or they gather in their summer cottages whereas they have a sauna by the lake. It is a custom that is well loved by the Finns which has been carried on through out history. In fact, in Finland alone you’ll find over two million saunas all over the country, that is almost one sauna per three citizens!

This brings us back as to why you should try out sauna if you ever plan a trip to Helsinki. You see, when Finns started moving down south to Helsinki, public sauna became in demand because of the hustle and buzzle of the city that keeps its citizens with almost no time to visit their cottages for some sauna time.

Public saunas in Helsinki became the hub for the locals to rejuvenate and keep the custom going. The first one to be opened is located in the Kallio neighborhood and it is called Kotiharju Sauna, it has been in operation since 1928!

If you’re interested in trying out this one,  here are few other sauna places to visit in Helsinki:
– Sompasauna (due to close very soon, so hurry up!), located in Kalastama
– Arla Sauna, located in Kallio, as well
– Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall, located in the heart of Helsinki center
– Löyly Helsinki, located in Hernesaari
– Kulttuurisauna, located in Merihaka

Note: These public saunas in Helsinki are located not far from the heart of the city.

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2. GO FOR A HIKE AT NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK – A DAY TRIP CLOSE TO NATURE

This national park is not exactly in Helsinki but in Espoo, a city and municipality just outside of the capital city. If you’re keen on hiking and nature, then a day trip from Helsinki to Nuuksio is certainly your kind of thing!

About one hour away from the heart of Helsinki, you’ll leave the busy city and enter Nuuksio National Park‘s splendor as you inhale the freshest air and expect a more relaxed environment in the care of mother nature. Apart from all that, you’ll also witness some of the finest Finnish sceneries, forest, lakes, and all that shebang.

If you come in Autumn and granted that Finland had a good summer, you’re in for a good surprise as wild berries and mushrooms are in full bloom at this time of the year. Just make sure that you don’t put anything in your mouth unless you know exactly what wild goodies you have or there’s a tour guide to tell you what’s good or not. There are poisonous berries and mushrooms in Finland so watch out!

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3. ENJOY THE CHILL VIBES AT KALLIO NEIGHBORHOOD

If you’re keen on doing anything cool and hip, then Kallio is your ‘hood. This Helsinki neighborhood is the hub for students, artists, and musicians so you can just tell by that that Kallio is indeed the equivalent of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest where all things weird and awesome happen.

For the young locals, Kallio neighborhood is the place to be because all the cool parties happen there and not to mention, cheap-ish rent (Helsinki, in general, is expensive y’all! Rents are never cheap). However, what is it for travelers and the tourists? Well, if you like beer and drinking in a vibrant atmosphere then I suggest bar hopping in Kallio!

If you’re not a drinker, don’t fret, there are also tons of fusion restaurants to visit and as well parks to hang out. You’ll find tons of locals just chilling around during the summer so it is certainly the best time to visit Helsinki to see what the cool kids are up to.

How to get to Kallio? Take tram number 3 and it will take you from the city center to Kallio.

TIP: If you take tram 3, take a round trip with it as it will take you to all hyped neighborhoods in Helsinki (Töölö, Punavuori, Kamppi, and Kallio). The locals call it the scenic tram ride because it literally takes you to all Helsinki points of interests.

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4. GO FOR A DAY TRIP TO PORVOO!

Colorful wooden houses, nature, and history – all the things you’ll witness if you visit Porvoo. About one hour away from the city center, you’ll find yourself on a day trip from Helsinki to the old medieval town that once existed in Finland.

Porvoo is the second oldest city in the country and is one of the main attractions in Finland you must visit. It served as the trading center back in the days but nowadays it is a functioning city that adapted with modernity while retaining its historical vibes.

If you visit in summer, you’ll find all sorts of things to do in Porvoo such as visiting live exhibitions, sampling local handmade crafts, visiting cute cafes, and try out some of its local restaurants.

To travel from Helsinki to Porvoo is fairly easy, there’s a bus line that runs frequently all day and you can catch the bus to Porvoo from Kamppi (city center) and it will take you between 50 minutes to 1.5 hours to get there and will cost you between 11.50-17USD for a one-way ticket.

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5. FEEL THE LOCAL CULTURE VIBES AT KORJAAMO

A total culture hub filled with everything artistic, Korjaamo is for all sorts of people who appreciate culture and arts mixed together. If you’re interested in involving yourself in theater, music, and fine arts – Korjaamo is without a doubt something you’ll enjoy.

In summer time, there are numerous free programs you can attend to and you can also visit its galleries that have different exhibitions all-year round. Apart from that, there’s also a nice cafe and bar you can check out!

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6. VISIT HELSINKI’S BEAUTIFUL MARKET HALLS AND SAMPLE LOCAL DELICACIES

If you’re interested in local cuisine and want to taste some of Finland’s local delicacies, visiting some of Helsinki’s market halls are not only a treat for the eyes because of its marvelous architectural design but also for its wide range of epic dishes and ingredients you can find in some of its stalls.

There are several market halls to visit in Helsinki but the best one I can recommend is Hakaniemen Kauppahalli which is located at the heart of the neighborhood in its market square. In summer time, there are tons of happening around these market halls and you’ll find outdoor stalls selling traditional Finnish summer foods such as fried vendace and salmon soup.

In winter, however, you’ll find tons of different seasonal dishes inside the market halls you can sample. That said, the market place is not open for long so you must visit during lunch time at best so you won’t miss out on some of the lunch places!

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7. CHECK WHAT’S THE JAZZ OVER AT TEURASTAMO IN KALASATAMA

Kalasatama is a great place to visit in Helsinki to start with, it is located beside Sörnäinen and in there you’ll find Teurastamo, an old slaughter house turned into a conventional cultural hub where you can just either chill out with a pint of beer or eat your way out.

In summer time, they often have parties in the area and it is notable for its laid-back jazz festival which invites everyone to witness and enjoy. Apart from that, the growing food culture in Helsinki is strong in Teurastamo so be sure to sample some of the restaurants in the area!

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8. PARTY AT KAIKU AND KUUDES LINJA FOR SOME GOOD MUSIC AND BEERS

Located in Kallio neighborhood, Kaiku in Helsinki is an underground club where the cool kids of Helsinki release their inner Danny Zuko and break the dancefloor when the beat hits the right spot. They often play techno music (the good kind) so it really warms up your groove!

Kuudes Linja, on the other hand, has rather similar vibes as Kaiku only they play different sorts of music from electronica to anything you can think of. I think they even played Barbie Girl by Aqua once I was there and it was pretty legit cool.

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9. HAVE A KORVAPUUSTI AND COFFEE AT CAFE REGATTA

A very small cafe, almost unnoticeable if you passed by it, standing cozily by the lake overlooking the vast nature of Helsinki’s Sibelius Park in Taka-Töölö comes Cafe Regatta – famous for its cinnamon buns and laid-back atmosphere, this tiny cafe is certainly one of Helsinki point interest you must not miss!

One tip I could give you is to hit two birds with one stone (not literal) and buy a package of Makkara or Finnish sausage with you and grill it on the open fire they have ate Cafe Regatta which anyone can use as long as you make sure you clean after yourself! This is also one thing to do in Helsinki most locals do themselves (me included).

So, korvapuusti, makkara and coffee and that almost equates to a proper Finnish experience sans the beer and sauna.

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10. TUOMIOKIRKKO (THE BIG WHITE CHURCH)

Ah, the big white church. It has a name you know, it is called Tuomiokirkko but most people refer to it as the big white church.

Tuomion Kirkko, or Helsinki Cathedral, is one of Helsinki’s point of interest as it is usually the face of every guide book you’ll find about Finland. It is a Lutheran church and is famous for its astonishing architecture and it certainly takes your breath away once you witness it for yourself.

It is free to go inside the church but I would suggest that you dress appropriately and perhaps don’t snap too many photos inside but knock yourself out taking tons of selfies from the outside. Respect, you know, it is a church after all.

Visiting Tuomiokirkko will not take long, so visit this if you’re on your way to Suomenlinna as the market square, where the boat departs to the sea fortress, is not far along.

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TOP 18 places to visit in Finland

Finland is located in the Northern part of Europe tucked in nicely between Sweden on its West and Russia on the East. Famous internationally for its efficient health care and widely praised for its educational system, Finland has caught the worlds attention making it one of the top destinations in Europe one must visit. Booming with stunning flora and fauna, there are tons of places to visit in Finland that is indeed impressive to see.

However, if you’re a budget traveler who wants to visit one of the most expensive countries in the world, don’t fret! Don’t let the cost of living in Finland turn you off; there’s always a way to budget your trip without breaking the bank. Just make sure that you check out our grand post on how you can smartly plan your trip to Finland (more on Helsinki but prices are pretty much the same all over the country), and you should be fine!

Nevertheless, Finland is certainly a must visit if you want to learn more about the Nordic countries and see its beauty first hand.

TUOMIONKIRKKO, HELSINKI, FINLAND

HELSINKI

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and its largest city, surrounded by a stunning archipelago of 330 islands and the best way to explore the city is on foot or by using the city’s efficient public transportation.

The best time to visit Finland is during summer since the city is at its fullest during this season as there are a lot of places to visit in Helsinki better done when the weather is amiable. Also, you can’t miss some of the cultural and fun things to do in Helsinki that mostly happens in the summer time when the cool kids are out and about attending festivals and block parties!

Apart from that, you can also check out its numerous parks, architectural structures, lakes and other exciting activities that can be found around Helsinki neighborhood which makes a big contribution to the tourism in Finland.

As most Capitals are, Helsinki is no different, and it offers a lot of different activities to travelers who visit the country. For instance, you’ll find more interesting restaurants, and cafes pop around the city which you can try for some unique treats. However, if you plan to try out Finnish cuisine in Helsinki, then there are also tons of restaurants that offer Granny style cooking that is coming back to the local culinary trend.

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TAMPERE

Located in the southern part of Finland between two lakes Näsijärvi Lake and Pyhäjärvi Lake, Tampere is the second biggest city in the country. Locally known for an active cultural life, and the ambiance in the city, it is admired by many tourists and locals alike which make it a favorite city to travel and live for some.

Just like the capital of Finland, Tampere also has plenty of museums and tourists’ destinations which include some Finland landmarks, the city offers a broad range of activities that visitors would enjoy.

One of the main attractions in Tampere is the Särkänniemi amusement park which provides a lot of fun for family bonding and made for tourists who want to enjoy their stay in Finland. Tampere also offers a lot of lake activities where you can also experience public saunas with the locals that could make visitors appreciate the Finland scenery and enjoy the nature of the country, the best time to visit Tampere for lake activities is during summer.

ESPOO FINLAND

ESPOO

Espoo is a large city in Finland and readily available from Helsinki. The city of Espoo is booming in culture and home for many famous museums in Finland including the EMMA or Espoo Museum Modern Art which is the largest museum in the country. Some travelers who are interested in outdoor activities but doesn’t have enough travel time for other places to visit in Finland other than the capital city, Espoo offers great choices for nature lovers and can visit Nuuksio National Park easily from Helsinki.

The city has 11 seafront beaches and ten lakefront beaches, and it has 165 islands where tourists can hop on hop off and explore every island that the city has. Sustainability is vital to Finland tourism especially to its cities since lakes and nature surround it, Espoo is Europe’s most sustainable city, people in this municipality are responsible and aware of their environment.

THE FAMOUS REPLOT BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS REPLOT AND VAASA IN VAASA, FINLAND

VAASA

Considers itself as the “Sunniest city in Finland,” Vaasa may not be the most popular place to visit in Finland compared to other of its cities, but there are still numbers of tourists attractions located in the city.

A university town, this sunny city receives tons of students from all over the world as it offers courses in three languages: Finnish, Swedish, and English. You can only imagine what sort of diversity the city has until you visit Vaasa and see the major influences different culture’s in the area.

Apart from that, if you love outdoor sports activities such as bouldering, you’re in luck as there’s a rather active rock climbing community in Vaasa you can participate! Also, if you come during summer in Finland, you can have the opportunity to enjoy other water sports activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and even just a simple rowing by the lake.

Vaasa is a bit further up north and will take about four hours by train from the capital city, so it is best to stay for few nights if you plan to visit.

THE ICONIC RED HOUSES IN PORVOO IN FINLAND

PORVOO

Porvoo is located on the southern coast of Finland and to the east of Helsinki, it is a city and a municipality. The city of Porvoo provides a classic historical old town vibe since it is the second oldest town in Finland and exploring the old part of the city by foot gives tranquillity to tourists. Walking and biking tours are the best way to appreciate the city of Porvoo for visitors who are longing for a nice relaxing ambiance.

One of the symbols of Porvoo is the lovely red houses located at the shore; tourists can ride a steamboat to have a beautiful view of theses popular red houses. The city itself offers a lot of cafes and restaurants which offer delicious dishes and delicacies.

You can easily take a day trip from Helsinki to Porvoo by bus, and it will only take you about one and a half hours, and for 7USD, you can see an entirely different vibe compared to the capital city.

THE FAMOUS PINK COTTAGE LANDMARK IN TURKU, FINLAND

TURKU

Turku is originally the first capital of Finland, and it is located at the mouth of Aura River on the southwest coast of Finland, it is the third largest city in the country along with Helsinki and Tampere.

Getting around Turku is easy since it has an outstanding public transportation system and buses can reach almost every part of the city. This old capital is home to many tourists attractions including Turku Castle which is one of Finland’s most popular tourist’s site.

Travelers can head to Turku’s river bank where a lot of restaurants offer delicious dishes and can dine in with a beautiful view of the city. Turku is at its best during summer season since there are numbers of festivals and celebration in the city between June and September.

Also, not to mention, if you plan to go to Stockholm, Turku is also a popular place to board luxury cruises to Sweden.

TOWN HALL IN PORI, FINLAND

PORI

Pori is located on the west coast of Finland, and it is a major center of education in the country, and it contributes a lot to Finland’s points of interest, as it offers a variety of tourists destination with exciting activities.

Famous amongst the locals in summer because of the annual Pori Jazz Festival, the city becomes a vibrant hub for those looking for cultural events for both the locals and its visitors.

One of Pori’s famous destinations is the Yyteri Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Finland, and it has facilities that every guest would enjoy. There are also thousands of bird watchers who visit Pori to have a beautiful view of local and migrant species of birds in the delta.

TRANQUIL VIEW OF A COTTAGE IN ÅLANDS ISLAND

MARIEHAMN

Mariehamn is the capital of Åland Islands which is an autonomous territory under the Finnish sovereignty and also known as the heart of Baltic Sea. Compared to other cities in Finland, Mariehamn offers tranquillity to tourists who visit, and it was once the home of the world’s largest oceanic sailing ships fleet and also called as “port of the last windjammers.”

The town itself offers activities like kayaking and hiking just like other Finland destinations, and there are also several architectural buildings located in Mariehamn. You can find wooden houses and that tourists can walk through and it’s a perfect place for family holidays.

An interesting fact about Mariehamn is that despite it being part of Finland, 88% of the island’s population speaks Swedish!

THE FAMOUS OLAVINLINNA IN SAVONLINNA, FINLAND

SAVONLINNA

Surrounded by lakes and beautiful nature, Savonlinna is a province located in the south-eastern part of Finland and infamous for its culture and environment making it as one of the country’s most visited town. It is also known as a holiday destination for many locals and tourists visiting and a perfect place for enjoying cruises around castles in the city including Olavinlinna castle which is surrounded by the Saimaa Lake and beautiful Finnish nature. Savonlinna offers a lot to tourists, and it provides wide ranges of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, diving, cycling, and kayaking.

There are many things to do in the area, and the attractions are famous in every part of the country, that said, there are two national parks located in the region namely Kolovesi and Linnansaari, and it offers activities like trekking and cycling expeditions for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

HUSKY SNOW SLEDDING IN ROVANIEMI, FINLAND

ROVANIEMI

Rovaniemi is a city in Finland and the capital of Lapland which is the northernmost province of Finland. For tourists who still wonder where to go in Finland, they may like to visit Rovaniemi since many travelers visit the city especially during the cold season for some winter activities. Finland winter is famous to almost every tourist since it is the best time to visit the northern part of Finland, many resorts in Rovaniemi offers different sorts of winter activities.

Apart from that, northern Finland is famous for the Aurora Borealis since it is every traveler’s dream and seeing this phenomenon is an unforgettable experience. Nevertheless, Rovaniemi is also a lovely place to visit in summer to witness the midsummer, the time when the sun doesn’t set.

BEAUTIFUL SNOW COVERED COTTAGE IN SALLA, NORTHERN FINLAND

SALLA

Salla is a municipality located in Lapland, and it is a place for holidays in Finland since it offers a lot of tourists’ attractions and a wide range of activities in every season.

Home for many winter activities since it is located in Lapland, aside from the typical winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, there are also out of the ordinary things to do that are offered in Salla such as reindeer or a husky sledding.

If you visit Salla in winter, make sure to try one of its many saunas by the lake and join the locals jump in its icy water after a good sauna session (if you dare).

Lutheran cathedral in Jyvaskyla Finland in a sunny spring day

JYVÄSKYLÄ

Jyväskylä is a university city in Finland that is located in central Finland and also known as “Athens of Finland,” or at least according to the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala which dubbed the city its infamous nickname.

Another notable fact about Jyväskylä apart from it being situation perfectly by the Finnish Lakeland, it is the only place in the world where you’ll see a lot of architectures design by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

ICE BREAKER IN KEMI, FINLAND

KEMI

Kemi is a town in Finland that lies by the Bothnian Bay and at the mouth of Kemijoki, and it is a part of Lapland. One of the most visited tourist attractions in Finland is located in Kemi which is the stunning Snow Castle, and it is the largest snow building in the world, and the town itself also offers the world’s only Arctic Icebreaker which is only available for tourists cruises and it is called as the Sampo ice-breaker.

Kemi offers a broad range of activities and tours like hunting the Northern Lights, skiing, sledding, and other fantastic winter activities can be found in this lovely town. There may be a lot of places to visit in Finland but visiting the town of Kemi is a great experience and gives a lot of ideas for tourists on things to do in Finland since the town itself offers a lot of different summer to winter activities.

WILD BEARS IN KUHMO, FINLAND

KUHMO

Kuhmo is a town in Finland, and it is located the south-eastern part of the Kainuu Region. Kuhmo is a lovely place especially for culture and nature lovers and an ideal location for an exploration of the wilderness of Finland.

The town is known for Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival which is a two-week event and held every year. Kuhmo has 600 lakes which provide a lot of water activities to tourists who visit and gives them beautiful ambiance while exploring the town by sailing the lakes.

STONE CHURCH IN KUHMO, FINLAND

KAJAANI

Kajaani is the center capital of the Kainuu Region, and it is located in the south eastern part of Oulujärvi or Lake Oulu and lies at the heart of central Finland.

It is famous for fishing, and it has a lot of familiar landmarks, one of these is the Kajaani Castle which is located at the Kajaani River. Apart from all that, for those who are seeking something a little bit more on the unusual side, they can also try some tours such as bear watching safari which is perhaps the one thing to do in Finland not easily forgotten once you try it.

AN ICONIC LIGHTLHOUSE, A FAMOUS LANDMARK IN OULU

OULU

Located in northern Finland, Oulu prides itself for being the best place for culture and to do some epic Arctic exploration bonanzas. Easily accessible by public transport from all parts of the country, this city has long been the perfect place to indulge when it comes to outdoors and natural explorations such as hiking and Aurora Borealis spotting.

In winter, Oulu gets covered in thick sheet of snow making it a good place for winter activities while in summer, they offer different sorts of activities from hiking in the wilderness to cultural events as Oulu is the oldest city in the whole of Finlandand visiting such place only gives great value to its visitors, especially if you’re keen on learning about Finland’s past!

places to visit in finland joensuu

JOENSUU

Founded by a Russian Czar and the now capital of the Karelia region, Joensuu is located at the south eastern part of Finlandand also known as a river city.

Summer in the city is recognized for its Karelian vibe, thanks to its young citizens who occupy the city; there are tons places to visit in Joensuu that visitors must take a look at and one of these is the Botania Botanical gardens which offer exotic plants and butterflies that will indeed leave you in awe.

Not to mention, if you visit Joensuu, the area is the popular origin of some of Finland’s well-loved delicacies such as the Karelian pie and the Karelian stew – both you must not miss. So, foodies, prepare yourselves!

DOCK VIEW OF PARKED BOATS IN LAPPEENRANTA, EASTERN FINLAND

LAPPEENRANTA

Located on the shore of the Lake Saimaa in south eastern Finland, getting around the city of Lappeenranta is easy since everything is almost walking distance but for further distances, nevertheless, there are buses available if you’re keen on exploring the suburbs of the city.

Furthermore, cruises are also accessible in the city for tourists who want to explore it via the famous Lake Saimaa which became the city’s trademark and a sought after destination to beat the heat when the weather in Finland gets warmer. Since Lappeenranta has a long shoreline, it has a lot of beaches and swimming centers which are made for tourists who want experience the city’s beaches, something the locals enjoy the most during summer!