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Finland

Travel Guide
Utsjoki featuring a pebble beach, boating and landscape views

Gaze up at the otherworldly northern lights from the icy northern reaches of Europe in this sophisticated and picturesque nation.

With lake-filled national parks, an Arctic culture and an urbane capital city full of architectural gems, Finland is a varied destination. Explore the many museums, islands and traditional villages for an insight into this picturesque land and its people.

At the southern end of the country lies its cultured and artistic capital of Helsinki. Browse the fascinating displays of the many museums in the Kamppi District. Explore the extraordinary Temppeliaukio Church carved from bedrock and the nearby contemporary curved Kamppi Chapel.

Get around the city with modern bus and metro links. Travel by ferry across the bay to explore some of Helsinki’s 330 islands. Try local food of pasties and reindeer meat.

Consider a change of scenery with a road trip north for about 5 hours. Reach the Finnish lake district of Linnansaari National Park. Enjoy some of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas, including the serene Haukivesi Lake and its islands. Stay in a campground and appreciate the tranquility among ospreys and seals.

Continue north into the snowy wilderness of Europe’s northernmost regions. The Lapland area, which claims to be the home of Santa Claus, is among the best places to spot the northern lights or aurora borealis. Visit Santa Claus Village in the town of Rovaniemi and learn about Arctic life and history in the Arktikum museum.

Reach the winter sports area of Saariselkä far north of the Arctic Circle. Ski, join a reindeer safari, ride on a sled behind huskies or drive a snowmobile.

Admire the SnowCastle, SnowHotel, SnowChapel and SnowRestaurant in Kemi on the Gulf of Bothnia. Stay overnight in this frozen realm and dine at snowy tables between walls and floors of ice. Embark on an ice-breaker trip through the deep-water harbor in the charming town.

Finland is in the northern part of Europe, between Sweden, northern Norway and Russia. Arrive at international airports in Helsinki, Tampere or Turku. Enjoy the country’s northern winter wonderland, central lake district and southern island-rich capital.

Popular cities in Finland

Helsinki which includes boating, heritage architecture and general coastal views
Helsinki
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Visit Helsinki for its sophisticated charm and vibrant cultural scene, its beautiful buildings and its many museums and galleries.

Reasons to visit

  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Finlandia Hall
  • Stockmann
Tampere
Tampere
Known for Dining, Business and Shopping
Get away to Tampere! Enjoy the museums, festivals, and lake views.
Turku
Turku
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
Experience the museums, cathedral, and theater in Turku!
Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla
Known for Lakes, Cross-Country Skiing and Museums
Jyvaskyla awaits: its skiing, museums, hiking, and more!
Espoo showing forests and a lake or waterhole as well as an individual femail
Espoo
Known for Business, Forests and Sports
The diverse geography of Finland’s second-largest municipality ensures you’ll find plenty to do both indoors and out.
Oulu showing northern lights and night scenes
Oulu
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Romantic Oulu awaits: its food, entertainment, riverfront, and more!

Finland

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