Sightseeing in Finland

Most often people prefer sunny and tropical spots for their vacation. Countries like Finland, which fall in the arctic region, do not feature much in the popular destinations that people select. This may be one of the reasons for the relatively serene and untouched beauty of Finland.

From Turku and Helsinki, which highlight artistic talent spectacularly to the boreal forest depth and the sparsely inhabited archipelago on the outer side, the country has much to reveal to the discerning tourist. The country offers something for everyone with its historical and cultural attractions and the scenic countryside serve an excellent backdrop for both summer and winter activities. Here are some best spots, which will make your trip to Finland worthwhile.

Helsinki

The capital city of Finland is where you can see the best art and entertainment that the country has to offer. The city has some of the finest museums, restaurants, art galleries and of course shopping.  You can easily spend an entire week touring the city and reveling in its cultural splendor. The places of interest here include

  • Finlandia Hall
  • Senate Square
  • Suomenlinna
  • Underground Rock Church
  • Hameenlinna Castle
  • Provoo historic town

For those who love history and art, the museums here offer a stunning collection. The Finnish National Museum and Open Air Folk Museum are some important places to visit. Turku, the erstwhile capital of the country is another important place, which has splendid architecture and cultural attractions. The countryside surrounding Helsinki has numerous lakes and forests to explore. The Finnish saunas are part of the country’s culture and you can see several modern heated swimming pools here that offer luxury and comfort.

Aland

This autonomous archipelago is present between Finland and Sweden and is a Swedish-speaking area predominantly. The island’s economy is dependent on trade and shipping.  The Maritime Wuarter, Maritime Museum, and Museum Ship Pommern are great places that highlight the history of the island wonderfully.

The island unspoiled by nature with its stunning landscape is famous for its Midsummer Eve celebrations. Visitors can enjoy the great food, visit art galleries, and studios. Some of the sauna’s here use solar power for heating. You can also find swimming pools with solar heating which the locals attest to as being of best quality, check out this site for more info.

Hameenlinna

This town is situated on a narrow and long lake named Vanajavesi. The southernpart is bordered by Hattelmala hills.  The Aulanko Park and red bridge castle are important tourist landmarks here. The chief industry here is timber processing.

Jyvaskyla

This is a quaint little city situated in the northern border of Jyvasjarvi Lake, which is connected to Lake Paijanne via Aijalansalmi strait. This is an industrial town known for its wood and metal works. The trade fairs held here annually are very famous.

 Northern Lights

As one of the key attractions in Finland, Northern Lights offer a spectacular treat to visitors. The blazing lights decorating the sky are wonderful to behold.  Lapland is the best place to view their beauty especially in the months of March and September. Several hotels in the Northern countryside cater to people who have come specifically to view the Northern Lights. Hope you’ll get a great experience.