Icicles and waterfalls, Aurora Borealis and Midnight Sun, sauna or snowing, things to do in Finland vary according to your taste. This amazing country offers a variety of activities and destinations to explore. It is a hub of natural beauty as there are thick forests, glistening lakes, winding rivers, melodious waterfalls and frozen landscapes, which are harmonized with unique historic architecture. Along with the outstanding natural beauty also try the traditional cuisine where fish and meat are vital ingredients. Don’t forget to taste the Karelian pies while discovering things to do in Finland.
Suomenlinna (Sveaborg), Helsinki
This sea fortress is an ensemble of six islands, which is also known as the Castle of Finland. These islands are connected with bridges and sandbars. You may get to the fortress through a ferry and then visit museums, explore inside tunnels and dine in exotic restaurants.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland
Observe the spectacular Northern Light show Aurora Borealis in the middle of the wilderness and stay in the glass igloos. These lights can be viewed for almost 200 nights a year. Other popular activities are snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing and sled dog touring.
Senate Square, Helsinki
Explore heart of the city where Neoclassical architecture by Carl Ludvig Engel echoes with the modern European glockenspiel. The composition is heard for 5 minutes at 17:49 daily as the melody travels from one edifice to the next. The four buildings are Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, University of Helsinki (main campus) and the National Library of Finland.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
This picturesque open-air museum depicts Finland’s rustic beauty and village life. There are manors, cottages and farm sheds, which tell the tales from the past four centuries.
The castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest buildings in the country. This greystone military fortress is located at the bank of River Aura. Wander along the cobblestone paths outside the castle and enjoy music with mouthwatering food.
Jätkänkämppä Smoke Sauna, Lakeland
This is the world’s largest savusauna where up to 70 people at a time relax in the gentle heat. After taking warm bathe in this lumberjack lodge, enjoy classical Finnish evening with exotic food, melodious music and dance.
Breathtaking views of glistening lakes and pine forests around the zigzag trails and routes, it is the most outstanding destination to visit. This iconic ridge is 7 km long and almost 30 m high from its surroundings.
Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), Helsinki
This magnificent church is an enigmatic 20th century rock architecture. It has the center copper dome that makes the skylight surrounding through which natural light illuminates the church.
Oulanka National Park
Hiking, canoeing, camping or bonfire along the river bank amid tall trees, this is the most awe inspiring national park in Finland. Spreading over an area of 270 km2, there are glittering waterfalls, pine forests and unique species of flora and fauna.
Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna
It is the northernmost edifice, which is still standing. This three-tower stone medieval fortress is a bridge between the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi. The castle has now become a museum and is a stage for annual Savonlinna Opera Festival.