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Bordering Norway, Sweden, and Russia, Finland is a country in Northern Europe famed for its saunas and iconic designs, including Iittala glass, Aalto furniture, and Marimekko fabrics. The country boasts diverse picturesque landscapes. Top natural wonders in Finland are Phitsuskongas Waterfalls, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Uto Island, Saimaa Lake, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Oulanka National Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Kvarken Archipelago (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Kilpisjarvi. Tourists across the world head over to the country's Arctic Lapland province to view the Northern Lights. The Finnish capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Finland’s numerous lakes, rivers, fells, and vast wild areas, along with snowfall make it a Nordic playground for both summer and winter activities. Finland’s interior is lined with loads of holiday cabins where visitors can indulge in fishing, swimming, and sailing. Savonlinna, Porvoo, Aland Islands, Turku, and Vaasa are few of the charming towns in Finland. The country is home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely, Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, Petajavesi Old Church, Old Rauma, Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and Suomenlinna Fortress. Other major landmarks in Finland are Uspenski Cathedral, Finland Presidential Palace, Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Church, Tavastehus Castle, Oulu Town Hall, Turku Castle, and Paijanne Water Tunnel.
Popular Destinations in Finland
Capital of Finland, Helsinki is located on the shire of the Gulf of
Finland. The most populous city in the country, Helsinki is the political,
educational, financial, cultural, and economic center of the country. The
city is home to several parks, performing art venues, cultural
institutions, theaters, and museums, such as Esplanadi, Helsinki
Philharmonic Orchestra, National Museum of Finland, Finnish National Opera,
Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki Art Museum, Design Museum, Finnish
National Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, and the Helsinki Music Centre. The
cultural city hosts many festivals such as the Helsinki Music Centre, Full
Moon Dance Festival, Tampere Theatre Festival, and Lakeside Blues Festival.
Major landmarks here include Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Uspenski
Cathedral, Helsinki Central Station, Helsinki Senate Square, Helsinki Zoo,
and Parliament House. Visitors can take a day trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna which is 206 miles from the city.
Tampere is a city located in Pirkanmaa of southern Finland. The city is the
most populous inland city of the Nordic countries. Tampere is positioned on
a picturesque spot on a slender isthmus between two glinting lakes. The
city is home to multiple ski resorts, Mustavuori and Hervanta. Visitors
will find here impressive churches, interesting museums, adventure parks,
and much more. The city boasts some excellent examples of Art Nouveau
architecture. Popular attractions in Tampere include Tampere Cathedral,
Sarkanniemi Amusement Park, Moomin Museum, Pyynikki observation tower,
Tampere Lenin Museum, Sara Hilden Art Museum, and Tyovaenmuseo Werstas.
Nature lovers can explore Helvetinjarvi National Park, Pyhajarvi Lake,
Hatanpaa Park Arboretum, and Viikinsaari Island. In addition to this,
Tampere is an industrially flourishing place and offers several theatres,
cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and shops.
Located on the shore of Gulf of Finland, in the Uusimaa region, Espoo is an
independent municipality situated just west of Helsinki. This second
largest city of Finland is well known for its water resources and abundance
of green spaces. In addition to the Gulf of Finland coastline, Espoo has 71
lakes. Lake Bodom, Vanhankylan Pitkajarvi, Nuuksion Pitkajarvi, and
Loojarvi are the largest ones. With Bangberet forests and the Nuuksio
National Park, the city is a haven for nature lovers. Besides natural
beauty, Espoo is home to several cultural institutions and museums such as
the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Horology, and Espoo Cultural
Centre. Espoo has multiple historic structures, including manors, mills,
and a stone bridge, all from different centuries.
Best Time to Visit Finland
The best time to take Finland flights is from June to August when the weather is pleasant, and the days are long. For those who wish to avoid crowds and are looking for economical flights, for them, April to May is the ideal time to take cheap flights to Finland.
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