Finland, one of the countries in Europe that has an interesting charm. You can find many fascinating tourist attractions in Finland. Although the size is quite small, Finland is home to nearly 200,000 lakes. Finland is also known to have excellent water quality, and green deep woods and forests around the sea, rivers, and the waterways.
Finland is beautiful both in the summer and the winter. In winter, there are ski trails that offer the best skiing experience for months on end. Tourists also get a treat from dog-sledding or riding a snowmobile to explore the snowy landscapes. The magical aurora borealis is, of course, a reason in itself to go to Finland. And it only happens in winter.
Here are popular tourist attractions in Finland
1. The Market Square, Helsinki
Helsinki is known as a clean, modern and safe meeting point between the east and west. Helsinki is the center of business, finance, fashion, entertainment, media, and culture in Finland with a range of museums, galleries, and performance spaces. The city is also a Finnish international gateway. Here, you can visit The colourful and busy Market Square with a market hall near the South Harbour is the place to experience the true Helsinki vivid spirit. There you can find exactly what you are looking for because the market offers everything from vegetables and spices to beautiful handmade souvenirs. The overcrowded market cafe is the ideal place to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market area with all the sounds and colours, as well as the cruise ships leaving the harbour.
2. Helsinki Cathedral
Located in the heart of Helsinki city, the Helsinki Cathedral (Evangelical Lutheran) was built in honor of Tsar Nicholas I. With the green dome and the smaller ones around it, the cathedral has become one of the most famous landmark in Finland. Annually more than 350,000 visitors enter this magnificent white temple. Lutheran cathedral has original Greek cross base. It consists of a square main body and four extensions, each oriented exactly in the four directions of the world and ending with a beautiful colonnade and pediment.
3. The Fortress of Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna is a famous landmark and one of the biggest and strongest sea fortresses in the world. Its history is closely connected with that of Finland and the whole Baltic region. That magnificent fortress built in the second half of the 18th century on a group of islands, located at the entrance of Helsinki’s harbor, is a unique example of European military architecture. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with a picturesque view.
4. Old Rauma
Rauma is one of the oldest ports in Finland. Built around a Franciscan monastery, where is still preserved a mid-15th-century church called “Holy Cross”, it is a wonderful example of an old Nordic city constructed mainly in wood. Old Rauma is the largest and most beautiful wooden town in the Nordic area and worldwide. It includes about 600 buildings, most of which are privately owned and really well preserved. The vivid business area is concentrated around the market square. The typical house there is called “kirsti” and it is a small building decorated as a classic fisherman house.
5. Lake Paijanne
Lake Paijanne is the second largest lake in Finland (1,080 km2 (266,874 acres)). The lake drains into the Gulf of Finland via the Kymi River. Paijanne is a famous boating, canoeing and sailing attraction. The 119 km long lake is connected by canals to Lake Keitele, Lake Vesijärvi and to Lake Ruotsalainen. Length of the open waterway for ships is 380 km.
6. Turku Castle
Turku Castle is situated in city of Turku that can be called one of the oldest cities in the country because of its 770-year history. The castle is perched picturesquely at the mouth of the river Aura and is the most famous landmark in the city. Turku Castle is the largest medieval building in Finland and also one of the largest surviving medieval castles in Scandinavia. Today the castle is a museum that hosts a church and banquet hall for special guests. You can admire some very interesting exhibitions of glassware, cutlery, china, jewelry, and a rich collection of ancient artefacts.
7. St. Olafs Castle, Savonlinna
The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. Saint Olafs Castle is located on the picturesque island connected to the mainland in the Finland area Savonlinna. This is the northernmost medieval fortress, which is preserved so well today. In fact the city was founded in 1639 around the castle of St Olaf. The palace itself is one of the main attractions there built in 1475 by Eric Knight Akselson Toth. Over the centuries each king of the castle contributed to the development of the architecture and overall design of the St. Olaf, which is a really eclectic castle today.
8. Petajavesi Old Church
The church is mainly a tourist attraction, though magnificent services are held there during the summer season. The church is a marvelous wooden construction built in 1763-64 by a peasant builder. The exterior is characterized by the beautiful steeply pitched roof typical for the Gothic architecture. One of the doorways and the window of the choir are preserved together with their original handmade arches. Distinctive features of the interior design are the pulpit, balustraded galleries and chandeliers, intricate carving, which are made and beautifully decorated by local craftsmen and artists.
9. Koli National Park
Koli National Park is a national park in the municipalities of Joensuu, Lieksa and Kontiolahti in the North Karelia region of Finland. Koli is one of the most famous national landscapes of Finland. Although a small area it treasures many values: rare geological features, a wide range of animals and abundance of plant species. Koli is also considered to be a sacred place and it is certainly full of magic that inspires anyone who visits it.
10. Aurora borealis (or the northern lights) in Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi is a place from which to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights. Aurora borealis is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). Rovaniemi is place for enjoying outdoor activities. Since the city is located between two rivers, water activities are a hit among natives and tourists alike. Among the top summer activities for tourists in this Finnish city are hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, and cruising on the rivers. In winter, the most popular tourist activities include skiing, sledding safaris, and snowmobiling.