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Welcome to Finland

The most sparsely populated country in the European Union, Finland attracts travelers in search of wide-open spaces and unspoiled swathes of beautiful nature. But city-dwellers will find plenty to love as well—in fact, the bulk of the country's population is concentrated in the capital, Helsinki, located on the southern coast. Known for its cutting-edge design and tech scene, it's a truly cosmopolitan city that's home to top-notch museums; stately historic buildings; and cool restaurants, bars, and markets (be sure try local delicacies like squeaky "bread" cheese with cloudberry jam). With its extra-long words, the Finnish language can be tricky to master, so a local guide can be helpful for navigating the city. A typical Helsinki tour includes stops at the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio), Senate Square, the Parliament Building, and the Sibelius Monument. Day trips from the city include the Suomenlinna sea fortress, the medieval city of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, or picturesque Tallinn, just a quick boat trip across the Baltic Sea in Estonia. Up north in Lapland, where the nights are long, you'll find an amazing vantage point from which to photograph the northern lights and engage in unforgettable wintertime activities. Hop aboard a dog sled for a tour of the tundra, explore an amethyst mine, go snowmobiling, do some ice fishing, or visit a reindeer farm.

Top attractions in Finland for Spring

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Arktikum

Arktikum

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Explore the history and culture of Lapland and the Arctic at Arktikum, one of Finland’s most impressive museums. Peruse exhibits dedicated to the Sámi culture and history of Rovaniemi, as well as a section on the flora, fauna, and peoples of the Arctic. Lucky visitors can glimpse the Northern Lights from the museum’s modern glass tunnel.More
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Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna Fortress

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Spread over six islands in the Helsinki archipelago, Suomenlinna Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular destination for picnicking and leisure activities. The fortress is an important historic site with multiple on-site museums, as well as a living community with roughly 900 permanent residents.More
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Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

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The Helsinki Cathedral is also known as Tuomiokirkko. Built from 1830 to 1852, it replaced a smaller 18th-century church and was originally called St. Nicholas' Church in homage to Russian Czar. After Finland gained independence from Russia, the church was renamed, and in 1959 it became an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral.More
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Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

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Hewn into solid rock in the middle of a residential square, Helsinki’s Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) features a circular ceiling covered entirely with copper stripping. Natural light streams in through 180 window panes, while an ice age crevice in the natural rock serves as the altar.More
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Sibelius Monument

Sibelius Monument

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Nestled among the trees of Sibelius Park, the contemporary Sibelius Monument commemorates the life of acclaimed Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. 600 hollow, silver-steel pipes hover above the ground and evoke a range of creative interpretations. Initially, the abstract sculpture caused controversy with its modern design, so a bronze Sibelius bust was installed nearby to appease critics.More
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Levi Ski Resort

Levi Ski Resort

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As Finland’s most popular ski resort and host of the annual Alpine World Cup Race, Levi is a top choice for winter sports. Take on the downhill runs, cross-country trails, and the country’s largest snowboard park in winter, while getting your thrills mountain biking, dry-slope sledding, and zip-lining in the summer months.More
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Helsinki Olympic Stadium

Helsinki Olympic Stadium

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Located a mile from the city center in the Töölö district, Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Helsingin Olympiastadion) is the biggest arena in Finland, with 40,600 spectator spots.Finland was originally meant to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, but the outbreak of World War II delayed the games until 1952, when the country finally got to host the big event. Today, the stadium is home to the national soccer team and houses big-name concerts and sports events every year.For views of all of Helsinki and its downtown, take the elevator to the top of the 72.21-meter Stadium Tower. Why the idiosyncratic height? Well, that was the gold-medal winning result of Finnish athlete Matti Järvinen’s javelin throw in the 1932 Summer Olympics, of course!Aside from its 14-story viewing tower, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium also has a restaurant, an Olympics museum and, quirkily enough, a youth hostel.More
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Helsinki Senate Square (Senaatintori)

Helsinki Senate Square (Senaatintori)

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Senate Square (Senaatintori) symbolizes the cultural heart of Helsinki. Among the many landmarks surrounding the square are the Government Palace, National Library, Lutheran Cathedral, City Museum, and Helsinki’s oldest building, which make Senate Square an essential stop on any first-time visitor’s itinerary.More
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Parliament House of Finland (Eduskuntatalo)

Parliament House of Finland (Eduskuntatalo)

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An impressive architectural landmark, Finland’s Parliament House (Eduskuntatalo) is home to the nation’s governing body. The imposing building looms over Helsinki on Arcadia Hill, making it both the political and geographical heart of the Finnish capital.More
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Helsinki Central Station

Helsinki Central Station

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For thousands of commuters, Helsinki’s Central Railway Station is the main traffic hub from which buses, the metro and numerous local and long distance trains arrive and depart. In fact, with roughly 200,000 daily visitors, it is Finland’s most visited structure. The building also happens to be one of the landmarks of the city and looks back on over 100 years of history. Designed in 1909 by Eliel Saarinen and opened in 1919, the Railway Station’s most distinctive features are the big clock tower and the two towering figures of two heavily muscled, half-naked men holding big globes of light.Another notable feature is the red Finnish granite that was used to clad the façades of the Central Railway Station. The granite originated in Hanko, the southernmost region of Finland and is believed to be over 400 million years old. A more curious addition to the station, which is also unique in the world, is the presidential lounge. It was originally supposed to be reserved for the private use of the Emperor of Russia, but since Finland’s independence, the waiting area has been dedicated to the sole use of the Finnish President and his guests.More
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SantaPark Arctic World

SantaPark Arctic World

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Finland’s SantaPark Arctic World may be as close as you can get to actually visiting Santa at the North Pole. Located near the town of Rovaniemi in northern Finland, it offers the quintessential Christmas experience. Children and adults alike can attend Elf School to learn elf secrets and decorate gingerbread made with Mrs. Claus’ secret recipe in the Gingerbread Kitchen. Visit Santa Claus in his office and hand him your Christmas wish list or drop by Calligraphy School to practice old-fashioned elf writing and write your own Christmas card. Then, drop it off at Santa’s Post Office and watch the elves hard at work sorting out all of Santa’s mail. Your card will be stamped with a special stamp and you can even get a head start on next year’s Christmas mail.Don’t miss the opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle through a tunnel 50 meters underground and get your own Arctic Circle Undercrossing Certificate. Finally, ride a sleigh through the winter landscape around Rovaniemi and through the Elves’ Toy Factory before stopping at the Elves’ Workshop to make your own Christmas decorations.More
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Market Square (Kauppatori)

Market Square (Kauppatori)

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Helsinki’s Market Square (Kauppatori) has served as the center of city trading for more than 200 years. Located on the harbor, just a short walk from Senate Square, the open-air market takes place year-round and attracts tourists and locals alike with its range of clothing, crafts, and fresh produce.More
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National Museum of Finland (Suomen Kansallismuseo)

National Museum of Finland (Suomen Kansallismuseo)

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Discover Finnish history and art during a visit to the National Museum of Finland (or Suomen Kansallismuseo. The exterior of the museum resembles a Gothic church with its stonework and tower, but inside the rooms explore different periods of local history. The museum was built in 1916 and extensively renovated in 2000.More
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Sinebrychoff Art Museum (Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo)

Sinebrychoff Art Museum (Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo)

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The Sinebrychoff Art Museum was once the family home of a wealthy brewing dynasty. Today, it houses treasures of historic European art, from paintings by German Old Masters such as Lucas von Cranach the Elder to the baroque Antoine Watteau to prints by Goya and Piranesi.More
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Helsinki Swedish Theatre

Helsinki Swedish Theatre

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The Helsinki Swedish Theatre, also known as the Svenska Teatern, is the oldest theater in Helsinki and offers performances exclusively in Swedish, the country’s second official language. Going to a theatre performance in a foreign language can seem a bit daunting, but musicals such as the timeless feel-good show “Mamma Mia” or George Orwell’s 1984 can be quite enjoyable even if you don’t have the necessary language skills. The national theatre offers a wider repertoire that caters to everyone and genres range from drama to musicals and children’s theatre. The atmosphere alone is worth the visit.Established in 1827, the once small wooden theatre used to be a quick road stop for actors en route to Saint Petersburg, but it soon became so popular that a newer and bigger building had to be constructed. The theatre seen today was opened in 1863 and was built in the neoclassical style, although during a renovation in the early 20th century, the richly decorated façade was replaced with a more functional one. It offers room for up to 700 spectators, but also has smaller stages with fewer seats.More

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Top activities in Finland

Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

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Guided Tallinn Day Tour from Helsinki / Include hotel transfers
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Helsinki Card
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Helsinki Card

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Arctic Delight - Visit to Santa's Village and snowmobiling to reindeer farm
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Helsinki Canal Cruise
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Helsinki Canal Cruise

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Magical Taiga Forest Hike with Lunch and Transportation
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Helsinki Segway Tour

Helsinki Segway Tour

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Call of the Wild Morning Husky Safari
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Archipelago excursion
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Recent reviews from experiences in Finland

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Do this, you won't be disappointed.!!
Dean_R, Mar 2022
Small-Group Husky Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi
The dogs are so well looked after which was great to see and all due diligence was taken by the guides to ensure a safe experience for all as well as for the dogs.
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Great trip must do !
nickihulbert, Feb 2022
Aurora Hunt+Barbeque+Photos
We had such a great time , even though we didn’t get to see the northern lights Igor was fantastic , the fire pit , hot berry juice , hot sausages , toasted marshmallows , gingerbread biscuits , and the photos taken of us and the information on the northern lights was fantastic Would recommend , and would do this trip if we returned to Finland
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Awesome experience
Rick_M, Jan 2022
Husky, Reindeer Farm and Santa Village Experience
She took us to see some extra things when we had time to kill and answered every question we had about Finland and the animals.
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An experience I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.
Elizabeth_A, May 2022
Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights
I asked Viator to call the people running the excursion to see if they would be will to take one person, and they did, I don’t think they changed me more (some excursion have done that).
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Amanda_J, Jan 2022
Porvoo from Helsinki or Vantaa
My friend and I were eager to see the beauty of Porvoo so we signed up for this tour.
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Our best idea for this trip!
Paula_M, Jan 2022
Tour from Helsinki Airport to Helsinki city center
We had a 7-hour layover at the airport and decided to visit the city.
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Worthful Experience with Timo and Chris Team ! More than 5 stars.
Gautam_S, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Photography Hunting Experience in Rovaniemi
God bless, hope to see them again when I return to Finland.
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Lia, Mar 2016
Private Half-Day Trip to Medieval Porvoo from Helsinki
We took this tour because we wanted to see really historical and authentic Finnish city.
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Porvoo is a very lovely old city...
Olga, Mar 2016
Private Half-Day Trip to Medieval Porvoo from Helsinki
Porvoo is a very lovely old city, and it is really one of those hidden gems of the country that you should visit to see the real Finland.
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An amazing experience with a great nature-loving guide who has everything prepared
Vedaansh, May 2021
Magical Taiga Forest Hike with Lunch and Transportation
Definitely worth the trip and Jeff is my go-to guy from now on for any nature activities and camping in the woods anywhere in Finland.
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Outstanding Guide & Worthwhile Sights
WaTraveler44, Sep 2019
Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour
Asthaloy is a native of Finland so is very knowledgeable about the country but lived in the USA for a number of years so speaks English very well.
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Mirona A, Mar 2018
Private Guided Helsinki City Tour
We were so glad we decided to make the tour, we had such a good experience, and Cornelia is absolutely amazing, we felt we learnt so much about Finland, life style, traditions we were fascinated about the activities and the amount of entertaining at such a low temperature .
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