Helsinki Region – with everything you need
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and forms the urban heart of the nation. And yet, you can find yourself in the quiet of the wilderness in less than 30 minutes from the central. In the region, there are plenty of public saunas, cosy cafes, design destinations and cultural experiences behind almost every corner.
Whatever you want from a travelling destination, Helsinki region has it all.
Lakeland – in the heart of Finland
A large part of Finland is covered in water. The lakes in here are some of the cleanest
in the world and the scenery some of the most beautiful.
A trip to Lakeland is a trip into the heart of the Finnish identity. Here, you can get up close and personal with the deep green forests, rolling hills and glittering lakes that cover most of central Finland. Enjoy a relaxing stay in a charming lakeside cottage and discover how the Finns spend their free time.
Lakeland destinations like Lahti, Tampere, Jyväskylä, Kuopio– to name just a few – can be reached by train, car or plane. One of the many destinations in Lakeland is Lake Saimaa – one of the biggest lakes in Europe. Savonlinna on the shores of Saimaa hosts a famous annual opera festival. Other stopover destinations around Saimaa include Mikkeli, Lappeenranta and Imatra.
Coast & Archipelago
Finland´s coast boasts the world´s largest archipelago. Old wooden towns, lighthouses, historical manors and stone churches, large national parks stretching over land and sea – this is Coastal Finland in a nutshell.
The laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture are key characteristics of this fascinating area. Beaches, handicraft markets, small town events, cafés and village shops – Finnish coastal towns are especially lively in the summer months. Finland has seven Unesco World Heritage sites, of which three can be experienced in the coastal area.
Lapland – Northern Finland
Put simply, Lapland is a true winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland, where 24-hour daylight in the summer replaces the dark winter days. Lapland is also a prime location to admire the spectacular colours of autumn.
The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis – the northern lights – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Finland is one of the best places on Earth to see them – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.