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  • Exploring Finland

    Get familiar with our four regions and their key attractions by scrolling over the animated map.

  • Spring

    Helsinki

    Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. Read more

  • Tuomiokirkko

    The Cathedral, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, rising on the northern side of the Senate Square is one of the most popular tourist sights in Helsinki. It is not only a landmark for those arriving by sea, it has become a symbol for the whole of Helsinki. Read more

  • Suomenlinna

    The fortress of Suomenlinna is only a very short ferry crossing away from the centre of Helsinki. At the same time it is a suburb of Helsinki, with 850 people living in the renovated ramparts and barracks. The different parts of the six islands offer a variety of atmospheres; whether you are looking for a cheerful weekend with friends, a tranquil evening stroll or perhaps a jog – it is all made possible by the diverse routes and locations across the islands. Read more

  • Porvoo

    Porvoo is most famous for its charming Old Town that dates back to the Middle Ages and is filled with adorable cafés, restaurants and handicraft boutiques. Beautiful manors, museums, churches and chapels characterise Porvoo. Read more

  • Summer

    Archipelago

    Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago. Old wooden towns, lighthouses, historical manors and The laid-back islander lifestyle – this all sums up coastal Finland in a nutshell. Read more

  • Bengtskär

    Bengtskär lighthouse is the southernmost destination in Finland, standing on a small, treeless island. It is the highest lighthouse in the Nordic countries and is rich in history, making a guided tour just about obligatory. The tourism services are family-operated; the restaurant offers traditional local courses and the six lighthouse keepers’ rooms now serve as accommodation. Read more

  • Turku

    How do you recognise a medieval European town? Some say it is the riverfront, the market square, the castle and the cathedral. That sounds familiar – in fact, that sounds like Turku. Turku is not only the one city in Finland to meet all of the above criteria, but also a vibrant modern city of many events. Read more

  • Åland

    Åland is an autonomous and monolingual Swedish region of Finland and consists of more than 6 500 islands. The capital, Mariehamn, a cute village-like town with a strong maritime and shipping heritage, is the only city in the unspoiled, ruggedly beautiful archipelago. Read more

  • Moominworld

    Moomins are like Finland’s Winnie the Pooh. These philosophical characters were created by artist and writer Tove Jansson in 1945. The Moomins have found world fame through books, comic strips, television shows and movies. It is no surprise then that people travel from all over just to meet the Moomins at Moomin World. Read more

  • Autumn

    Lakeland

    A blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges, stretching for hundreds of kilometres in beautiful expanse. Taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity. Read more

  • Cottage Life and Sauna

    Often situated by water or fells, cabins and cottages are an essential element in Finnish life that provide a physical and mental getaway from the daily grind. The white summer nights make the experience ever so magical. Common activities at summer cottages include boating, canoeing, yard games, fishing and the inevitable sauna. Read more

  • Land of a Thousand Lakes

    There are a total of 188 000 lakes in Finland – from the metropolitan area around Helsinki all the way up to Inari in Lapland, Finland is filled with oases of clean blue. Lakeland in Eastern Finland is where Saimaa, the country’s greatest lake, is situated. It is home to the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most endangered species in the world, and nestles several cities on its shores. Read more

  • Tampere

    A large city by Finnish standards, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, Tampere has managed to keep its small town feel. The city centre is compact in size and maintains a friendly and casual atmosphere. Read more

  • Savonlinna

    Savonlinna, nestled by Lake Saimaa, is great for both short city breaks and lakeside cottage holidays. The main cultural event is the annual Savonlinna Opera Festival, held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle. Read more

  • Winter

    Lapland

    Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Northern Lights appear here on more than 200 nights a year.

    Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark blue winter days. Read more

  • Extraordinary accommodation

    In Finland, nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites. Read more

  • Santa Claus

    Everyone knows that Santa – the one and only – comes from Finland. What some people don’t know, however, is that it is possible to meet him in person all year round at Santa’s office, situated on the mysterious Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. Read more

  • SnowCastle of Kemi

    Situated right on the Bothnian Bay, the castle rises up like a majestic fairytale world. The SnowCastle of Kemi includes restaurant, hotel and chapel within the castle itself. It is rebuilt every winter with a different architecture offering wonderful experiences for both children and adults alike. Read more

  • Northern lights

    The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. Read more