What should you see In Finland?


Cities - You should definitely visit Helsinki, which is tough to miss anyway, because no matter what mean of transport, plane or boat, Helsinki is most likely the place, where you will cross the border. You will probably need two or three days to see all of the most interesting places in this city and feel its mood. Besides the absolutely required visit in Suomenlinna – a castle fortress located on an island, which you can reach with local cruise ships (more on that in “transport”) – and the incredibly stunning Senate Square cathedral, you can just walk around the city. You can also visit cities like: Turku (the former capital) and Tampere. Some of the larger cities to the north include Oulu and Rovaniemi, which only take 1 or 2 days to explore. In Rovaniemi you can visit Lordi Rocktaurant – obviously established by the Lordi band, which comes from Rovaniemi.

Here’s a fun fact: Turku is an important place for those, who seek for traveling polonians. That’s because in the second half of the 16th century the Turku castle was the home for Catherina Jagiellonka, the wife of the prince of Finland, and later the Swedish king
John the 3rd (Juhana III in Finnish).

Nature is the most precious treasure and probably the main attraction of Finland. Thousand of lakes, forests, and tundra in the north are all still really wild and barely changed by the human hand. Most of the southern forests are private properties and mostly cultivated for the wood industry, but when you go there, you can still feel like in the true wilderness. The nature is a treasure to be shared with everyone, which means that anyone can enter any part of the forest they want, no matter who owns that certain part of the forest. You can also pick forest fruits like blueberries, huckleberries, raspberries and mushrooms.

There are about 30 national parks in Finland, and you can visit them for free. One of the most beautiful ones is certainly the Oulanka park, located not far from Kuusamo with forests, valleys clever rivers, cataracts and small lakes.

Another interesting thing around here is the archipelago in the south-eastern part of the country. The park is located to the north from Lemmenjoki – it’s a paradise for trekking fans and the largest park in Finland. It is also one of the biggest terrains not inhabited by humans and without any road network. But you definitely won’t have any problem with encountering moose.

Another highly recommended national park is the Linnasnsari, located on the Haukivesi waters, a part of the Saimaa lake. You can get to the central island on a cruising motorboat. A return ticket from Oravi costs 17 euros.

The reason why this is park is so unusual is that it includes the waters of the lake and the archipelago with all its islands scattered around the waters. You won’t find any trails of human presence (there are no houses), so the dominating color of the islands in summer is green. If we are missing the mountains in Finland, we can at least have a bit of climbing to see the wonderful landscape of water and islands from the highest point.

Visiting – in Helsinki you should definitely visit Suomenlinna - a fortress castle on an island. You should spend a few hours there, and if the weather is fine, this is the perfect place for a picnic. You can sit down and look at the cruise ships coming into the ferry. You can also visit the interesting local church entirely built in the rocks – Temppeliaukion kirkko, as well as the Senate Square Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko) and the orthodox church. Another interesting attraction is the zoo, located on the island of Korkeasaari, which will celebrate its 120th anniversary. This is definitely not just any typical zoo. If someone is bored, they can go to Linnanmaki – an old-fashioned amusement park from the mid-20th century.

You should also visit Turku – the former capital of Finland. Not far from Turku, in Naantali you can find a funfair called “The Moomin Valley”, which (in case somebody wouldn’t know) originated in Finland. While being in Turku itself, you can go to Rauma – a small harbor town established in the 15th century. In the centre of the town you can find the
so-called “Old Rauma” with wooden buildings, enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When you go a bit to the east, you can find the Savonlinna castle, located on the lake island.

The Savonlinna-Olavinlinna castle is the best preserved medieval castle in Northern Europe. This is one of the several reasons to visit Savonlinna, and when you are in town, you just have to visit it. Especially since this is one of the very few buildings that allow us to go this far into the past, because there are no middle-age buildings here, and there are very few architectural buildings from that time period.

While visiting the Land of the Great Lakes and the surroundings of Savonlinna, you mustn’t miss Kerimaka, if you want to feel like… in Rome. You can spot the world’s largest, most colorfully painted Lutheran church, which is quite a surprising sight in such a small village.
Another interesting Finnish attraction is the fishing museum – even if you don’t exactly understand the Finnish word, meeting the museum’s guide will certainly leave a big impression on you with his unusual, passionate history of fishing in the region of Savo.

We can go from Helsinki to lake Tuusula for one day. Tuusula is a place, which was beloved by the 19th century artists. You will definitely have to visit the home of Sibelius – Ainoli. It is not just a museum designed to feel the presence of the composer, but also a beautiful garden, perfect for long walks. The nearby home of the painter Pekka Halonen is mostly lots of beautiful pictures – a huge gallery in an equally huge home of the artist.

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