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Finland

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

Stretching into the distance of Europe’s far north, Finland is a nation with unforgettable culture complemented by jaw-dropping scenery.

Start with fabulous museums and inspiring architecture in the capital, Helsinki, before discovering the beauty of Finland’s sprawling national parks. Unearth an Arctic way of life in Lapland and search for the remarkable northern lights.

Far removed from the more frigid regions, Helsinki is a bustling haven of art and design. See the museums of the Kamppi dDistrict, along with superb structures, such as Temppeliaukio Church and the graceful Kamppi Chapel. Take a boat cruise around the bay to explore some of the more than 1050 islands.

From that modern metropolis, take a 5-hour drive northeast to the outer wilderness of Linnansaari National Park. Rent a kayak and spend days exploring serene Haukivesi Lake and its many islands. Camp in complete isolation with only seals and ospreys for company.

More adventures are waiting in the northern regions, particularly Lapland. Kemi at the far end of the Gulf of Bothnia features the world’s largest snow castle. Drop by to admire the frozen walls, doors and floors or stay a night in the icy hotel. The town itself is charming, with a deep-water harbor and a traditional icebreaker taking visitors out for rides.

As you continue north, enjoy enthralling insights into Arctic history at the Arkitkum in Rovaniemi and check in with the elves at Santa Claus Village.

The winter sports center of Saariselka, 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle, is a scenic place to end your trip. Get into the festive spirit with a reindeer ride and conclude your journey in style beneath the mesmerizing aurora borealis (northern lights).

Finland lies between Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east. Fly to the main international airport in Helsinki or Tampaere farther north and Turku to the west. Food generally involves steaming pasties and fried meats, with anything involving reindeer also popular.

Finland captures the imagination with mystical icy wonderlands and exciting modern cities.

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