15 of Finland’s most beautiful places to visit

15 of Finland’s most beautiful places to visit

Located in Northern Europe, between Sweden and Russia, Finland is a separate country. For its culture and its language, whose secrets have yet to be fully revealed; but also for its tourist interest because of the many places to discover, since the area, still very wild , offers an incredible variety of landscapes and many dream destinations for visitors from all over the world. We have carefully selected 15 of Finland’s most beautiful places to visit.

1. Santa Claus Village

Yes! Finland is considered the home of Santa Claus and above all the city of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, celebrates the generous bearded man: it is said that many gifts for young people around the world are sent from here. Of course, this place is very touristy and crowded in the winter season, but it’s one of the mythical places to discover when traveling with your family. So visit this magical place if you are looking for things to do in Finland!

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1. Santa Claus Village

2. Riisitunturi National Park.

This national park in Finland, located in southeastern Lapland, just outside the town of Posio, surrounds Tunturi (the Finnish word for mountain or hill), the top of which is on Mount Riisitunturi, 463 meters above sea level; the park is an invitation for a walk, its majestic conifer forests crisscross the paths, where at least lucky visitors will admire the moose!

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2. Riisitunturi National Park.

3. the Iso-Syöte.

This small winter sports resort is located in the North Ostrobothnia region, near the municipality of Pudasjärvi, and is perfect for families looking for something to do in Finland. We tell you about it because the little ones can discover the joys of sledding in a relaxed environment and the adults can enjoy a nice moment of relaxation while hurtling down snow-covered slopes available to all!

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3. the Iso-Syöte.

4. Koli Mountain.

In North Karelia, in southeastern Karelia, is Mount Koli, which gets its name from the village at its foot. Near the shore of Lake Pielinen, near the town of Lieksa, it is one of the most beautiful places in Finland, where you can relax on the trails in the middle of a green forest. We recommend a visit! Mount Koli is part of Koli National Park.

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4. Koli Mountain.

5. Luosto

This winter sports resort in Lapland near Sodankylä represents everything that a foreign tourist looking for something to do in Finland can expect from this beautiful country: you can of course improve your skiing or snowboarding skills, as well as admire reindeer during photo safaris or gaze at the beauty of the Northern Lights, whose season lasts from October to March! If you want to see the best that Finland has to offer, we assure you that you will not regret your choice.

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5. Luosto

6. Repovesi National Park

In southeastern Finland, not far from Kouvola, is Repovesi National Park: here you can enjoy peace and quiet on an exceptional hike between birch and pine trees. The bravest can also swim in the clear waters of the countless surrounding lakes: a local custom even says that the waters of this region bring good luck!

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6. Repovesi National Park

7. Lemmenjoki National Park

Another national park? Yes, but it is located in Lapland and historians consider it one of the ancestral territories of the Lapps, the indigenous people of Lapland. This beautifully preserved natural area of vast expanses of coniferous forests and rivers with fish is one of the most beautiful places in Finland!

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7. Lemmenjoki National Park

8. Kuusamo

This winter sports resort in Northern Ostrobothnia is very close to the third largest agglomeration in the country: Kuusamo. It goes without saying that it’s a popular place for holidays and weekends, and whenever locals and foreign visitors come here for things to do in Finland! Its small slope makes it ideal for beginners, and you can also go fishing, mountain biking or rafting in the summer.

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8. Kuusamo

9. Pallas-Yullastunturi National Park

In Finland’s Pallas-Jullastunturi National Park, in northwest Lapland, you can easily indulge in contemplation by hiking or cycling along one of the many marked trails in the area, and discover fabulous bogs teeming with life and fascinating animals! But be careful, going there in winter is not recommended so as not to get lost; many visitors end up trapped, unable to find their way back, and it would be a shame to visit Finland without being able to return home!

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9. Pallas-Yullastunturi National Park

10. Ice Castle of Kemi

The Ice Castle of Kemi is an institution in this country where in the winter season the thermometer column drops below 0 C very quickly. This temporary building, built in the town of Kemi near the border with Sweden, is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Finland in winter. While it’s not the largest or most luxurious frozen monument in the world, it really is worth seeing, and we recommend you visit it if you’re just passing through!

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10. Ice Castle of Kemi

11. the Urho Kaleva Kekkonen National Park

This almost 2,550 km2 national park is located in the far northeast of Finnish Lapland; in fact, it’s very close to the Russian border. It is named after the former President of the Republic of Finland, Urho Kalev Kekkonen, who is known for his hiking and outdoor activities! If you are looking for things to do in Finland in winter, you can come and see the northern lights.

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11. the Urho Kaleva Kekkonen National Park

12. monte Levi

Monte Levi is located in Finnish Lapland, near the town of Kittilä, and is named after the largest winter sports resort in Finland! Like most tourist resorts in the country, it is located a few hundred meters above sea level, but nevertheless, thanks to its thirty ski elevators is one of the main tourist attractions when visiting Finland in the winter season.

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12. monte Levi

13. Pyhä-Luosto National Park

This national park, also located in Finnish Lapland, was established in 2005. Here you can enjoy the incredible pleasure of hiking among beautifully preserved nature. The place, known as one of the most beautiful in the country, is also one of the cradles of the Lapps, who still live here and some of whom have managed to preserve their traditional way of life. What to do in Finland if you are looking for authenticity and outdoor recreation? Visit Pyhä-Luosto National Park, it will get you hooked!

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13. Pyhä-Luosto National Park

14. Ranua Zoological Park

Located in the town of Ranua, this is an exceptional zoological park; it’s also the northernmost in Finland! We strongly recommend you to visit it when you come to Finland, as this is a true biotope with many species typical of the Arctic zone: northern lynx, brown bears, reindeer and wolves share this space dedicated to their well-being and conservation.

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14. Ranua Zoological Park

15. Yullastunturi Mountain.

This mountain, also known as Mount Yullas, rises 719 meters above sea level and towers over the municipality of Kolari in northwest Finland.

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Many Finns come here for mountain biking, hiking, jogging or just to spend time with the family – it is an ideal place for country walks and offers, for the lucky ones who come to Finland, majestic views of the surroundings and sunsets that will delight outdoor enthusiasts.

15 Must-See Places to Visit in Finland

Finland is a small country, but you can explore it endlessly. Each trip will be a discovery of this country from a new side. Where do you start to get acquainted with Suomi? We have selected for you the top 15 most interesting cities and regions that you should see first.

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Helsinki.

It is the largest city of Suomi, where live more than 630 thousand people. The city was founded on June 12, 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa, but only in 1812 he became the capital of Finland. Located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, this city is considered one of the coldest capitals in the world: the average annual temperature here is only about + 5 C. Helsinki is situated on about 300 islands and its main attractions are St. Nicholas Cathedral designed by Carl Ludwig Engel, Assumption Cathedral – the largest orthodox cathedral in Western Europe and Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) Fortress. Helsinki is the only city in Suomi, where there are streetcars and subways. The largest museums of the country are concentrated here – for example, the famous throughout Europe Kiasma, the art museum Ateneum, the Helsinki City Museum, which you can visit for free. Helsinki is famous for its design district and amusement park Linnanmᾃki. Only here you will see a unique church in the rock, an innovative monument to Sibelius made of metal pipes. Countless music and art festivals do not let anyone get bored in the capital.

Helsinki

Daily trips from St. Petersburg to Helsinki

  • Comfortable buses or minibuses
  • Booking by phone +7 (812) 501-82-10
  • Cost from 1600 rubles

Tampere

It is located in the province of Pirkanmaa in southern Finland. It was founded in 1775 by the Swedish King Gustav III. Tampere is famous for its amusement park Särkänniemi with the highest observation deck in Suomi on the Näsinuella tower, the cathedral of the early 20th century with unique frescoes by famous Finnish artists, and the “collection” of more than 20 amazing and unique. Among the latter are the Espionage Museum, the Lenin Museum, the Mummy Troll Museum, the Police Museum, the Sara Hilden Art Museum and many others. By the way, the Finns themselves consider Tampere the most attractive place in Suomi to live.

Näsinuella Tower at night

Näsinuella Tower at night

Daily trips from St. Petersburg in Tampere

  • Comfortable buses or minibuses
  • Booking by phone +7 (812) 501-82-10
  • Price from 2300 rubles
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Lapland

Lapland is located in the North of Finland, most of it is above the Arctic Circle. This is Europe’s largest region of reindeer breeding – there are about 200 thousand of these animals cared for by more than 6 thousand reindeer breeders. Lapland is a cultural and linguistic autonomy within Suomi, which has its own capital, Rovaniemi. In this northern region live the Lapps (better known in Russia as the Lapps), one of the indigenous peoples of Suomi with its unique language, customs and traditions. The most popular attractions in Lapland are Arctic Rainua Zoo, Santa Claus Village, which is the official residence of Finnish Santa Claus Jolupukki, and of course the Northern Lights. By the way, the latter can be seen in the Lapland sky during 150-200 nights a year.

Northern Lights in Lapland

Northern Lights in Lapland

Tours to Lapland from St. Petersburg

  • Comfortable buses and trains
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Cost from 11 285 rubles

4. Porvoo

Porvoo is located in the region of Eastern Uusimaa in southern Finland. This is the second oldest and one of the most beautiful cities in Suomi. Founded in 1346, Porvoo has preserved its narrow medieval cobblestone streets and the old barns along the Porvoonjoki River painted red, and the 15th century Lutheran Cathedral with its patterned roof, where in March 1809 the Russian Tsar Alexander I proclaimed Finland an autonomous Grand Duchy within Russia. Porvoo is also famous for the pastry store of the Brunberg chocolate factory, which sells the most delicious chocolates in Finland, the house-museum of the famous Finnish poet Rueneberg, who spent many years in Porvoo, and the well-preserved colorful wooden houses of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Medieval Streets of Porvoo

The medieval streets of Porvoo

Daily trips from St. Petersburg to Porvoo

  • Comfortable buses or minibuses
  • Booking by phone +7 (812) 501-82-10/
  • Price from 1 600 rubles

5. Savonlinna

A city in the region of South Savo in Eastern Finland, founded by the Swedes in 1475. Savonlinna is often called the Venice of Finland, as more than 40% of the city area is occupied by lakes and rivers. The main attraction of the city – medieval castle Olavinlinna, 15th century, in the walls of which every summer takes place the famous all-European opera festival.

Medieval castle Olavinlinna

Olavinlinna Medieval Castle

6. Lake Saimaa

The largest lake system in Scandinavia, the fourth largest lake in Europe and the first in Finland. Saimaa has 13,700 islands, and its coastline is almost 15,000 km long. It is connected to Finland’s bay by the Saimaa Canal, which was built in 1856. Today it is Finland’s main waterway, and also a popular cruise route. During such a cruise you can admire the work of locks and rocky landscapes. On Saimaa stand cities such as Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna, a favorite among tourists. On Saimaa, you can rent a cottage, go fishing, canoeing, bajdarka, boating or yachting. In any of the towns of Saimaa you can rent a board for SUP-surfing. In winter, fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling and floating in ice water (swimming in wetsuits) can also be practiced on Saimaa.

Saimaa Lake System

Saimaa Lake System

7. Turku

A city and port located in southwestern Finland at the confluence of the Aurajoki River into the Archipelago Sea. It is the fifth most populous and the oldest city in Finland. Founded in the 13th century and the former capital of Finland until 1812, Turku is famous for its Cathedral, the well-preserved 13th-century Abos Castle, and the Luostarinmaki Ethnographic Open-Air Crafts Museum. Turku is also officially regarded as Finland’s Christmas capital, with the annual installation of Finland’s main Christmas tree and the largest and most beautiful winter market.

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Turku Cathedral

Turku Cathedral

8. Åland Islands

One of the most fascinating regions of Suomi.They are located on an island archipelago between Sweden and Finland, at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia of the Baltic Sea. Considering all the small skerries and rocks, the composition of Åland has more than 50,000 islets, and 90% of the population here speaks Swedish. Mariehamn, the capital and only city of the archipelago, is named after Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna. In Åland, live less than 30 thousand people, but every year the islanders come to more than 2 million tourists to visit the Mariehamn Museum of Sailing, ride bicycles and motorcycles along the scenic trails, fishing for their pleasure and just enjoy the unhurried island life.

Åland Islands

Åland Islands

9. Koli National Park

Located in eastern Finland in the province of North Karelia. Here you can find the most beautiful place of Finland – the highest peak Ukko-Koli 347 meters above the sea level, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the blue surface of Lake Pielinen and the gentle sloping hills covered with pine forest. According to legend, the famous Finnish composer Jan Sibelius ordered his grand piano to the top of Ukko-Koli and composed music there. According to legend, this is where he composed the future anthem of Finland. Also in Koli Park is a 34-meter narrow cave of a strange shape called “Devil’s Church”, old farms Ollila and Mattila, many beautiful hiking trails and places for picnics and fishing.

Finland in Summer

Free entertainment in Finland

In any trip, it is interesting to visit as many places as possible, but spend as little money as possible. Even though many activities in Finland have become quite expensive since the Euro jump, it is possible to have a great time without paying a cent.

Koli National Park

Koli National Park

10. Oulanka National Park

It is located in the northern part of Finland, in the provinces of Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia. It is famous for its rough river rapids, pine forests, rugged rock canyons, high hills and landscapes that resemble the wilderness of the Yukon, Alaska and Canada. The famous 80 km long Karhunkierros Bear Circle hiking trail runs through Oulanka Park for a 4-6 day trip. Along the trail, you can see some of the most beautiful scenery in Oulanka and, as the name promises, you can also see bears, wolverines and lynxes.

Oulanka National Park

Oulanka National Park

11. oulu

The sixth largest city in Suomi, as well as the capital of Northern Finland and also the oldest city in the region. Founded in 1605, Oulu stands at the confluence of the Ouluijoki River into the Gulf of Bothnia. The city is famous for its seafood restaurants, bohemian atmosphere, unique museum of northern Ostrobothnia, the northernmost Symphony Orchestra in the world and the strict classic Lutheran cathedral, built in 1777. Oulu is the cultural capital of Finland, and is home to dozens of well-known artists, designers and writers, as well as an annual series of art festivals. For example the Music Video Festival, Musixine music film competition, Invisible Guitar World Championships, Qstock Rock Festival, Oulu Winter Music Festival and more.

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Fish restaurants in Oulu

Fish restaurants in Oulu

12. the Kvarken Archipelago

Located in the Gulf of Bothnia, near the city of Vaasa, is more than 5 thousand islands on an area of nearly 200 thousand hectares. The uniqueness of Kvarken is that it literally keeps growing: every year the ground here rises out of the bay waters by about 1 cm. Next to the natural wonder of the Kvarken archipelago there is a Scandinavian architectural marvel – the longest cable-stayed bridge Replot bridge in Finland, connecting the mainland with the two main islands of the archipelago.

Replot Bridge

Replot Bridge

13. Hämeenlinna

City and municipality on the shores of Lake Vanajavesi, located in Kanta-Häme province in the province of Southern Finland. People lived on this site in Viking times, but Hämeenlinna received its city status only in 1649. The main attraction of the city is the 13th-century Häme Castle, which gave its name to the city. From the late 19th century to the mid 20th century the castle served as a prison for the city, and today you can visit both the medieval part of the castle and the former prison block where hundreds of prisoners were once serving their sentences. Hämeenlinna is the birthplace of the famous Finnish composer Jan Sibelius, and the author of the Scandinavian epic Kalevala Lennrot spent several years here.

Häme Castle

Häme Castle

14. Vaasa

City and municipality in western Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia of the Baltic Sea. It was founded in 1606 and was named after the ancient dynasty of Swedish kings Vaasa (Vasa). The city is only 80 km from the Swedish border, so a quarter of the population here speaks Swedish. The most popular attractions are the Kvarken moraine archipelago, the open-air museum Brage, where you can see the ancient stone maze called the “Witch Circle”. Fun festivals such as the Cow Festival, the Water Carnival or the Kvarken Strait Sea Days are often held in this town.

Old Vaasa

Old Vaasa.

15. Parikkala

An inconspicuous settlement not far from the Russian-Finnish border. However, the extraordinary sculpture park of self-taught sculptor Vejo Rönkönen attracts thousands of tourists here. It is perhaps one of the strangest and most mystical places in Finland. The 500 human-sized concrete figures in various poses in the middle of the forest evoke mixed feelings. It can be both curiosity and admiration, and fear.

Weiyo Rönkönen Self-Study Sculpture Park

The sculpture park by self-taught sculptor Weiyo Ryonkyonen

The sculptures grin and smile, showing visitors to the park real human teeth, with which Ryonkyoungen was supplied by his dentist friends.

The sculptor built his collection over the course of 50 years and put all of his childhood complexes, fears, and thoughts into it. He admired the human body, was fond of yoga, and this is reflected in the theme of his collection.

Of course, this is an incomplete list of interesting places in Finland. But having already visited these cities and regions, you will learn a lot about Suomi and undoubtedly fall in love with this country.

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