Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Finland

Finland officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. Finland is a choicest tourist destination, offers you some of the spectacular attractions. It is the eighth largest country in Europe and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. It is considered as the greatest centre of the white tourism. Disposing of the most gorgeous sparkling lakes and wide forests Finland attracts a huge number of visitors who enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoor winter activities such as hiking, skiing and fishing. The enigmatically mystery of the country is represented by the many cultural and architectural enticements as a very significant piece of its modern description. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Finland with your family are as follows:

1. Helsinki

One of the extremely popular and at the same time the capital city of Finland is Helsinki. This beautiful city of Finland presents a sight into the fascinating culture, lifestyle and the glorious history of Finland. The primeval buildings such as the churches, forts and castles have stunning architecture and are the living testimonies of the days of yore. The city is said to be the proof of the contemporary lifestyle is visible in the glittering malls, amusement parks and upscale restaurants. It is said that summer is best time to visit this amazing city.

2. Lakelands

Lakelands are largely popular among tourist who love witness water all around and lush natural beauty, Lakelands is the ideal place for such tourist. Here you can explore approximately over 150,000 lakes in this place and get fascinated by its sheer natural beauty. It is one of the few places in the world which are blessed with amazing natural beauty. You can try out fun activities boating, fishing and also look out for islands, lakes, canals and passages. This is the ideal place for those who want to have a water vacation in Finland. They are a major tourist attraction and are mostly frequented by flocks of tourists.

3. Finnish Laplands

The Finnish Laplands are considered as one of the most wonderful assets of Finland. The country of Finland has so much to offer you and the Finnish Laplands are just one among them. The area is an enormous spread of untamed wilderness which can be explored tirelessly. This place is famous for its Midnight Sun and the sun sometimes shines brightly for over 18 hours! Here, you will find some really exciting skiing resorts, the most popular one being the Levi ski resort. The Laplands are a must visit for all those who visit Finland and want to go back with some really bright memories.

4. The Fortress of Suomenlinna

The Fortress of Suomenlinna is said to be one of the must visit destinations of Finland. The amazing fortress was constructed during the second half of the 18th century on a group of islands. It is situated at the entrance of Helsinki’s harbor, is an exceptional example of European military architecture. One of the major reasons for building it was to help Sweden to oppose the ambitions of Russia to reach and conquer the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. Located on six islands close to Helsinki, Suomenlinna is a popular attraction and one of the largest and strongest sea fortresses in the world. Its history is strongly attached with that of Finland and the whole Baltic region.

5. Old Rauma

Rauma is one of the oldest ports in Finland which is situated the Gulf of Botnia. It was constructed around a Franciscan monastery, where is even today conserved a mid-15th-century church called “Holy Cross”. It is a said to be a perfect instance of an old Nordic city that is said to be built majorly in wood. Old Rauma is the biggest and most beautiful wooden town in the Nordic area and even through out the world. It contains approximately 600 buildings, most of which are well preserved. The representative house there is called “kirsti” and it is a small building decorated as a classic fisherman house. It is said that the Old Rauma is a place with incomparable architecture which is worth visiting.

6. St. Olafs Castle

Saint Olafs Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Finland which is largely occupied by tourist from all over the world. It is situated on the scenic island well connected to the mainland in the Finland area Savonlinna. This is the northernmost medieval fortress; even today it is well preserved. In fact the city was discovered during the year 1639 around the castle of St Olaf. The palace itself is one of the main attractions there built in 1475 by Eric Knight Akselson Toth to defend the area of Savona and to control the border between Finland and Russia. The town and fortress became popular with the famous Savonlinna Opera Festival, which takes place every year in the Finnish city or more precisely in the medieval castle St. Olaf – the perfect spot that combines the magic of music and the unique spirit of Finland.

7. Petajavesi Old Church

Another most interesting and major tourist attraction of Finland is the Petajavesi Old Church is building of which is prominent through out the world and is said to a unique example of the northern architecture. The church is a spectacular wooden construction that was constructed during 1763-64 by a peasant builder. The exterior of the church is worth seeing and is characterized by the beautiful steeply pitched roof distinctive for the Gothic architecture. One of the doorways and the window of the choir are preserved together with their original handmade arches. Distinctive features of the interior design are the pulpit, balustraded galleries and chandeliers, intricate carving, which are made and beautifully decorated by local craftsmen and artists.

8. Seurasaari Island

The unique outdoor museum of Seurasaari is situated on a beautiful green island just a few kilometers from the downtown Helsinki. The island is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city and the museum embodies the traditional Finnish way of life, representing typical estates and mansions of the past four centuries, which are collected from all around Finland and relocated here. The museum also includes a country shop as well as some farmhouses and smaller cottages typical for the different regions of the country. A walk around the island is a great way to enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air, and admire the beautiful scenery around.

9. The Market Square

The Market Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Finland. It is considered is the most colorful and busiest Market Square with a market hall which is quite close to the South Harbour is the place to experience the true Helsinki vibrant spirit. It is considered a place where you will get everything you need. Shopping in the Market Square is a delightful experience. The populated market cafe is the ideal place to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market area with all the sounds and colours, as well as the cruise ships leaving the harbour.

10. Helsinki Cathedral

Another most prominent tourist attraction of Finland is the amazing Helsinki Cathedral. Currently the Lutheran cathedral is said to be the most popular destination in Helsinki. Every year approximately more than 350,000 tourist visit this superb white temple. Lutheran cathedral has original Greek cross base. The Cathedral comprised of a square main body and four extensions, each oriented exactly in the four directions of the world and ending with a beautiful colonnade and pediment. You will surely like the roof of the Cathedral, which are situated huge towering statues of zinc, representing the apostles, which are considered the largest zinc statues in the world. The altar inside the church was painted in 1880, and figures of angels on both sides and around the pulpit are work of Engel, who designed the whole cathedral.

11. Koli National Park

Koli National Park of Finland is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Finland. Tourist visiting Finland will make it a point to visit this park. It is considered an outstanding place, very rich in forests. The country is said to have created an impenetrable network of national parks and reserves. The hills in the National Park “Koli” are actually the ruins of mountain ranges formed 2 billion years ago. Nature there is unbelievable ratio of scattered wooded peninsulas and islands among the clear lake waters. It is also very popular national landscapes of Finland. Although a small area it treasures many values: rare geological features, a wide range of animals and abundance of plant species.

12. Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Kirko is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki and usually it is full of visitors looking for its true magic. Temppeliaukio Kirko also often referred as the “The Rock Church” is considered as an amazing piece of modern architecture to be found in the city of Helsinki. The church was constructed completely under the ground, and its ceiling is enclosed with copper threads. Its overall design, which was created by Suomalainen brothers, was finished during the year 1969. The church is located at outcrop that rises 12 feet above street level.

13. Turku Castle

Finland is a country that is very rich in tourism sector. Among the various attractions it offers Turku Castle is among the list. It is located in the Finnish city of the same name that can be called one of the oldest cities in the country because of its 770-year history. The castle is balanced charmingly at the mouth of the river Aura and is the very popular landmark in the city. Turku Castle is the largest medieval structure in Finland and also one of the largest surviving medieval castles in Scandinavia. Today the castle is a museum that hosts a church and banquet hall for special guests.

14. Turku Archipelago

The Turku Archipelago is considered as a must-see tourist attraction of the country. It comprises of more than 20,000 islands with various sizes and shapes, which during the summer months presents its visitor with some of the beautiful and exciting cruises to enjoy stunning views over the magnificent in close proximity to the islands of Finland. Evening dinner cruises are also popular among tourists, during which meals are either served on the boast or on the island of Loistokari.

15. Sibelius Museum

The Sibelius Museum is considered the only museum which is completely devoted to music in Finland. It is one of the most extensive museums of Finland that showcases around 350 musical instruments from across Finland and memorabilia of the world-renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The building, designed by Woldemar Baeckman, is one of the most fascinating Finnish creations of the 1960s featuring funnel-shaped pillars and untreated concrete surfaces of glass. Visitors who admired the artistic work, and also the Sibelius’s role as an idol and national symbol, the museums is not-to-be-missed.

16. Turku Cathedral

The Turku Cathedral is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Finland. It is a 14th century cathedral which is said to be devoted to St. Mary and the first bishop of Finland, ST. Henri. It was originally constructed mostly from wood. It is said that the church suffered a lot from fire, and over centuries has been enlarged and reconstructed several times, the latest major renovation being in 1979. The cathedral has an extremely high ceiling and boasts a lofty vaulted nave and a plethora of exquisite wall arches.

17. Lapland

Lapland is considered as the town of Santa Claus, Santa Claus Village is an amusement park in Finland. It is situated towards the northern part of the country, in Lapland, near the town of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle, in the Park Santa. Lapland has a lot to offer its visitors. Sub arktik unique natural beauty of the expanse of tundra and pine forests, frozen lakes in winter and the snow hill near the park became popular winter tourist center and is different from other places. During summers, Lapland becomes the destination of nature lovers, campers, and water sports. They come to enjoy the summer sun shines all day.

18. Kuopio

Kuopio is one of the interesting places to visit in Finland because of the friendly atmosphere, unique charm and natural beautiful scenery surrounding the city. It is to be found towards the northeast of the country and it’s the cultural center of the region as the city hosts many festivals throughout the year most prominent among them are the ANTI – Modern Art Festival and the Kuopio Dance Festival. It is completely surrounded by pristine lakes and forests so there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping and fishing in the summer and ice skating and skiing in the winter.

19. Oulu

Oulu is one of the most popular and the leading cities in the Finland, to be found on the center of Finland along the western coast. Oulu is a long way from Helsinki for a day trip which is worth exploring. Oulu is a must on the list of interesting places to visit in Finland because of the Screaming Men and the Air Guitar World Championships. The other interesting places to visit in Oulu are the beautiful Mannerheim Park, the botanical garden at the Oulu University and the Northern Ostrobothnia museum.

20. Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the country. It is a sea fortress surrounding half a dozen islands. A UNESCO World inheritance site, it is a popular purpose for tourists. It is a favored picnic site, and there are also more than a few museums there as well. It is said to be one of the perfect place where you can enjoy a fun filled tour with your family.

21. Saimaa

Saimaa is another most fascinating tourist place to visit in Finland. The marvelous Saimaa is the fourth important lake in Europe at 4,400 square kilometers. With the sun unblemished fair-haired on the waters, it remains one of the most popular destination for canoeing and fish in the state. It is immensely popular among the tourist as well as the locals.

22. Lake Inari

One of the most good-looking tourist spots in Finland, Lake Inari is to the north of Lapland. It is said that your trip to Finland is not completed unless you visit the beautiful lakes of this country and Lake Inari is just perfect choice of any tourist. It is home to a variety of types of fish including trout, perch and salmon. The area is also well known for Hautuumaasaari Island, the burial earth of the Sami people.

23. Lake Paijanne

Lake Paijanne is another most popular lake of Finland. At 1,080 sq km, it is the second main lake in the country. There are several islands, in the middle of the most distinguished being Judinsalo and Salonsaari. Lake Paijanne drains into the Finland Gulf by way of the Kymi River.

24. Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum Art Museum is one of the most popular museums of Finland. The famous Art Museum houses the biggest collections of art of the country with approximately more than 20,000 works of art from the year 1750s to the 1950s.The changing exhibitions are on showcases on the ground floor and in the exhibition halls on the second floor. Ateneum also organises many workshops, guided tours and other programme. The Ateneum building was designed by the architect Theodor Höijer and it was completed during the year 1887. Ateneum Art Museum is part of the Finnish National Gallery and immensely popular.

25. National Museum of Finland

Another hugely popular Museums of Finland is the National Museum of Finland. It is known as Suomen Kansallismuseo in Finnish, the museum demonstrates about Finnish life from the Stone Age to current times. Among the artifact there are jewelry, precious metals and knick-knacks from various time periods. There is also a show on Finnish folk life. It is an ideal place for collecting information as well as enjoying oneself.

26. Orthodox Cathedral

The Orthodox Cathedral is another one of the most prominent places to visit in Finland. It is an Eastern Orthodox Church which was constructed during the late 1800s and draws thousands of tourists yearly. Set atop a hill, the church is the home of several invaluable religious icons, many centuries old.

27. Esplanadi Park

The Esplanadi Park is one of the most favorite parks among the people of Finland as well as the tourist. The Esplanadi Park which is to be found in Helsinki is the place where most Finns go for picnics during the summer. The site is between the road of Pohjoisesplanadi and Etelaesplanadi. The place is also the site for numerous live musical shows. Visit this park to for a fun filled evening with your family.

28. Hietaniemi Beach

One of the most popular spots that most of the tourist loves to visit is the beaches. It is known informally as Hietsu, Hietaniemi Beach ranks as one of the major tourist spots in Finland. Found in the Toolo district in Helsinki, it is frequented by both locals and tourists. The beach is also a well-liked setting for investment beach volleyball games.

29. Esplanade Park

The famous Esplanade Park of Finland is located in the heart of its capital, Helsinki. This favorite park of many serves as a promenade for tourists and a place to relax for city residents. The park and the Espa Stage host many popular events, including the Marimekko Fashion Show and rising of the midsummer pole accompanied by folk dancing in June and the Jazz-Espa concert series on weekdays throughout July. It is considered a great place for family picnicking.

30. Helsinki Zoo

Another most popular tourist destination of Finland is the Helsinki Zoo. It is also known as “Korkeasaari” among Finns, is one of the oldest zoos in the world which was established during the year 1889. Here you will find approximately 200 different animal species that are present inside the Zoo, and almost a 1000 different plant species. Protecting endangered species is a heartfelt matter for the zoo. The zoos in Europe form a network which works to preserve a number of species. Zoos are often the last refuge for many endangered species.

31. Linnanmäki Amusement Park

The Linnanmäki Amusement Park is immensely popular tourist attractions of this beautiful country. It is said to have entertained families ever since 1950. The amusement park offers an enormous selection of fun rides, from ultra scary to more easy-going. The special wooden rollercoaster is over 50-years-old and remains the most popular ride. Linnanmäki also has many arcade halls with the latest games as well as an outdoor stage presenting entertaining performances. Children love this Park for the amazing services it offers.

32. Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress

Suomenlinna fortress is one of the leading sea fortresses in the entire world. It was established during the year 1748 and was constructed by Augustin Ehrensvärd on islands off the coast of Helsinki. Suomenlinna is indeed one of the most popular attractions in Finland, was included in UNICCO’s World Heritage List in 1991 as a unique monument to European military architecture. An important part of any visit to Suomenlinna is a good meal or a welcome break at one of the cafés. The Visitor Centre, located in the middle of the fortress at Tykistölahti bay, is a base and information point for visitors and is the starting point for the walking tours. It also contains the Suomenlinna Museum exhibition.

33. Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

The Luostarinmaki Handicraft Museum is one of the most visited museums of the country. The Luostarinmaki museum is dedicated to Finnish handicraft; it is also the centre for the preservation of the skills from distant generations. In the centre, young Finns are apprenticed to many of the skills that might have died out had it not been for the centre. Tourist here can also experience the carving reindeer antlers and sewing the fur skins.

34. Moomin Valley

Moominvally has widely attracted a lot of visitors especially from families with kids; it is considered as one of the must visit places in Finland. The Moomin museum consists mainly of the original drawings by author Tove Jansson. You will find more than 40 cases displaying scenes from the stories. A Finnish explanation is available directly at the case. You will also find leaflets in other languages such as English, Swedish, German, French and Japanese.

35. Sibelius Museum

The museum of Sibelius is one of the most famous museums of the country. It is said that Sibelius was this country’s greatest composer and one of the greats in the world. Especially popular for his Karelia Suite and for Finlandia, it is said that his music speaks of his love and resemblance with his country. The Sibelius Museum is dedicated to his life and works and tells the story of one of Finland’s greatest men. It is a museum which is worth a visit.

36. Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower Tampere

Finland is a country which offers you with plenty of things to do and see and the Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower is also largely famous. You will surely like it on days when the sun shines through the walk to the top rewards you with an amazing view over city and country. It is one of the best park that that country has.

37. WeeGee Exhibition Centre Espoo

The WeeGee Exhibition is a very famous modern art gallery and a major tourist spot, the EMMA, at the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo earns is well-known as being the best modern art gallery in Finland. The best of which is the Finnish Toy Museum with some very creative exhibits including the display of horses made from brushes and socks! For those visiting without children the Finnish Museum of Horology is very interesting, so visit this museum for a fun filled day.

38. Children’s Theatre

Teatteri Hevosenkenkä is a theatre which is widely popular tourist spot especially among the little one. The theatre is famous for its performances that cater only for a child and pre-teen audience and can be found in the town of Mankkaa. The theatre was said to be established during the year 1975 by Kristiina Aropaltio and Sara Sirén to enable children and young people to experience the excitement of the theatre but with performances produced especially for them. The structure dates back to 1899. Teatteri Hevosenkenkä also houses an art gallery with changing exhibitions, again with children in mind.

39. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It is considered to breaks the boundaries of traditional art museums and follows the most modern trends. The collections of this museum comprises of the Finnish and foreign art, particularly from the Nordic and Baltic countries and Russia from 1960s onwards. The Kiasma Theatre’s program also has drama, dance, performance, music, multimedia, film and video art & seminars, lectures and public discussions.

40. National Museum of Finland

The National Museum of Finland is an immensely popular tourist attraction of this country. It is famous for illustrating Finnish history from primitive times till today. Major archaeological finds, the historical, numismatic and ethnological compilations are together on display for over 170years. Workshop Vintti on the third floor is an amazing and interactive exhibition designed especially for kids, where visitors can study the history of Finland and its culture using their hands and heads. VINTTI is suited to everyone over the age of seven. Younger children can visit in the company of adults.

41. Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium of Finland is one of the widely popular stadiums in entire Europe. It was constructed during the year 1938 and was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti. The Olympic Games were held in 1952 in Helsinki. Today the Olympic Stadium hosts both national and international sporting events and concerts.

42. Parliament

The Parliament of Finland is also worth witnessing. Finland’s 200-seat parliament gathers in this impressive building on behalf of 1920s Classicism. The frontage of the building is made of red granite from Kalvola and the major facade comprises of 14 Corinthian columns. A Visitors’ Centre operates in the little Parliament, an appropriate on the left side of the actual Parliament building. At the Visitors’ Centre you will find information about the Parliament. Here you can also to watch videos about the Parliament or read brochures.

43. Sea Life Helsinki

The Sea life of Helsinki is immensely popular. It takes you on a journey from the tropical oceans to the Arctic Sea, stopping at the Baltic Sea along the way. Here you can witness strange and attractive underwater worlds; it is also home to crabs and starfish as well as sharks and rays. And the most amazing part is that the visitors can even step inside the ocean tank through a transparent tunnel. The exhibitions present many species whose environments are threatened by pollution and other environmental damage caused by humans. Helsinki’s Sea Life is part of the pan-European Sea Life network.

44. Senate Square

The Senate Square is another most prominent tourist attraction of Finland. Its surroundings form an exceptional and consistent instance of neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel between 1822 and 1852: Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. Helsinki Cathedral is probably Finland’s most popular and photographed building. The oldest stone building in Helsinki is the Sederholm House located on the southeast corner of the square.

45. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum another most attractive tourist spots of Finland. It gives you an overview into Finnish housing of ancient times and Finnish folk tradition. The buildings and interiors transmitted to the Museum from the Finnish provinces reproduce the life of crofters, peasants and gentry from the 18th to the 20th century. Guides in national costumes takes tourist back to the cottages and salons of former times during the summer season 15.6. – 15.8. Craft demonstrations, concerts, and Midsummer festivities are all found in this museum.

46. Sibelius Monument

The Sibelius Monument is another most magnificent attraction of this country. In the Sibelius Park you will find the world famous composer Jean Sibelius’(1865-1957) monument by Eila Hiltunen. It was revealed during the year 1967. The Sibelius Monument, resembling organ pipes, is made of welded steel with the bust of the composer on one side. It is indeed one of the most popular statues and one of the most well known tourist attractions in the capital city of Finland. The monument is 8,5m high, 10,5m wide and 6,5m deep. It is built of over 600 pipes and weighs 24 tons.

47. Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral

Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral is one of the most popular attractions of Finland. It is completed during the year 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki, the Uspenski Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe. With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, the church is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

48. Lenin Museum

The Lenin Museum is another most fascinating attraction of Finland. The collection of the museum mostly consists mainly of publications by Lenin made during his time in Finland. You will find them in Finnish or Russian. Photographs are used to highlight Lenin’s time in Finland when he was preparing the revolution. It was also in the room of today’s museum where Lenin met a certain Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashwili for the first time. Other than these documents, pamphlets, pictures and books, there are some items related to the leader of the Russian Revolution: A couch where he slept on when he was in Tampere as well as some paintings and busts.

49. Pispala – Pispalan Taidetalo

Pispala is a special district of Tampere. It has an undeniable charm, with its colorful wooden cottages which was constructed during the 19th-century workers and narrow lanes. The building is said to have survived for more than 50 years. It’s one of the oldest houses on the Pispala highway, build 1930′s and from 1960′s it was first an antic store and 1990′s it was renovated to art store (or gallery) and finally the business was stopped 2000′s. The plaque of the shop (Taideliike Art Pispala) is still on the wall (like Tampella and Figura plagues in the center).

50. Vapriikki Museum

This place is probably considered as the major museum of Tampere. Vapriikki is located on the former ground of the Tampella factory, once one of the most significant Finnish companies. Today it is famous exhibition with many permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent include the history of Tampere (focusing on industrial development around the Tmmaerkoski, but covering also other periods), the national ice hockey hall of fame, and an exhibition about Tampere during the civil war of 1918, a toy museum and the shoe museum.

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