Helsinki Region’s location on the Baltic Sea, its cultural climate and its green landscapes have made it a growing centre for new European business and politics.
Finland’s capital, Helsinki, together with its neighbouring cities of Espoo and Vantaa, is the biggest urban concentration in the country, with a combined population of about a million. As Finland’s busiest port, Helsinki spills across a group of Baltic islands and promontories, and its smart new suburbs extend into the surrounding forests and countryside.
Excursions from Helsinki might include a coastal steamer trip to the Old Town of Porvoo
The Southern Point Of Finland, region covered The archipelago and localities around Ekenäs (Tammisaari) and Hanko (Hangö). Old iron work communities, limestone mine with special exhibitions Lohja (Lojo).
Wild rolling fells, covered with dazzling plains of snow in winter that feed the tumbling rivers in spring, a trekker’s dream in the night-less summer and the spectacularly colourful autumn, a winter sky that comes alive with the magical, flickering Northern Lights: Lapland, in the far north of the country, is for many Finland’s most exciting region.
The Lapland Province extends from the northernmost shores of the Baltic in the south through forests that become gradually thinner as the terrain begins to rise in the north. The region remains home to a small population of indigenous Lapps or Same, and you can visit an excellent museum of their culture at Inari.
Lapland is much more than Santa Claus and reindeer – although these creatures are an important and conspicuous part of Lapp culture, and you may encounter more reindeer than people on your travels through this thinly populated part of the world.
The opportunities for outdoor activities are truly endless: the fells and mountains of the far north are superb, inspiring walking territory, and also increasingly popular with mountain bikers.
Snowmobile, reindeer and dog-sled safaris take you into the valley forests and over the fells, and you can even spend the night in an igloo.
A blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges, stretching for hundreds of kilometres in a placid and staggeringly beautiful expanse: welcome to the largest lake district in Europe.
The Lakeland area has earned Finland its reputation as the land of thousands of lakes, and is an ideal holiday destination, whether you long for the peace of the countryside and a clean environment, an adventure amidst the lakes, rivers and forests, or want to get to know a different European culture, with its countryside traditions and lovely small towns.
If you looking for something new away from the stresses and strains of city life, you’ll find it in Lakeland Finland!
Top holiday options in this paradise of waterways include cottage holidaying with lakeshore saunas and swimming, fishing and boating. The blue lakes can also be experienced by cycling for hundreds of kilometres along their shores.
As the most densely populated and culturally rich area of the country, Southern Finland, including the sprawling archipelagos that fragment its Baltic coast, is packed with attractions and historical interest.
The western extreme of Southern Finland is marked by the city of Turku, the oldest in the country and the former capital. The archipelago is a restful and scenic leisure playground, where cycling, boating or simply enjoying the scenery are favourite activities.
Finland’s West Coast region extends along the Gulf of Bothnia from the picturesque UNESCO-listed Old Town of Rauma in the south to the university city of Oulu in the north. A wide, calm landscape of farms and rivers lies beyond long sandy beaches and historical harbour towns.
Further east, the town of Kouvola is a gateway to classic Finnish scenery, such as that in the Repovesi National Park, while the towns of Hamina, with its distinct circular military plan, and Kotka, with its Imperial Tsarist fishing lodge, are historical landmarks.
The Åland archipelago, off Finland’s south-west coast, is an autonomous Swedish-speaking province of Finland with its own administration, flag and stamps. Åland is a demilitarized zone, so no armed forces may be stationed here and no fortifications may be built on the islands.
Spend your visit in an Åland cottage, a stone’s throw from the beach, and enjoy the calming sound of the lapping waves for a week or two. Or choose bed and breakfast accommodation in the Åland countryside or one of the excellent and fully-equipped camping sites with good facilities. Move from site to site across the gently rolling landscape on a rented bicycle, and island hop on the ferries that connect the archipelago.