The beauty of Finland is enchanting and intriguing! You have to come here to explore the seemingly “quiet country”!
Finland is the Europe’s most heavily forested country. 74.2% of the Finish territory is covered with deep forest. Finland has over 16 times more forest per capita than that in European countries on average. Dotted among the big forest, there are more than 187,000 crystal clear lakes. Finland has a nickname of “land of thousands lakes”.
Finland is “the homeland of Santa Claus”. In the deep forest of Lapland of north Finland, there is a world famous “Santa Claus Village” where you can greet Santa Claus and his reindeers.
Except endless forest, lakes, sauna and reindeers, Finland is also a country of music, creation and innovation. Sibelius, Nokia, Angry Bird, Moomins … they are all the icons which the Finns are proud of.
Helsinki, the Daughter of the Baltic
Helsinki is the capital of Finland since 1812. It sits at the shore of the calm and beautiful Baltic Sea.
Helsinki is the hub of various international cruises. It is the second busiest passenger port in Europe. Every year, more than 11 million passengers arrived in Helsinki by cruise ships.
Turku, the Oldest City in Finland
Turku is the former capital and the oldest city of Finland. The city served as the capital of Finland for more than 600 hundred years during the Swedish ruling period. In 2011, Turku was designated as the European Capital of Culture.
Rovaniemi, the Santa Clause’s Hometown
Rovaniemi is located in the deep forest in north Finland. It is 811 kilometers north of Helsinki. Rovaniemi’s unspoiled nature, arctic sceneries and rich Lappish culture earned the city its nickname – the Santa Clause’s Hometown.
Ivalo, Ski Under the Northern Lights
Ivalo is a Lapland village located within Arctic Circle. In Ivalo, you will find endless forest, the wild freshness, the true pure nature, the midnight sun (last for 2 months), the mysterious aurora and hundreds of thousands of reindeers.
Ivalo has the northernmost airport in Finland and the European Union and there are winter charter flights from Great Britain and many other countries.
Helsinki Cathedral (1852)
Helsinki Cathedral is the most symbolic building of Helsinki. It is the core and climax of the city center designed by the famous German architect Carl Ludvig Engel in 1815.
Helsinki Olympic Stadium (1952)
Helsinki Olympic Stadium is the venue of the 1952 Summer Olympics. The stadium is still hosting international sports events and big concerts such as World Athletics Championships in 2005, the European Athletics Championships in 1971, 1994 and 2012.
Temppeliaukio Church (1969) (Church of the Rock or Rock Church)
The unique Lutheran church is designed by architects and brothers Timo Suomalainen and Tuomo Suomalainen. The church has an amazing copper dome and it is built directly into solid rock. Every year, half a million tourists visited the popular Temppeliaukio Church.
Finlandia Hall (1971)
Finlandia Hall is one of the masterpieces of the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto – one of the world pioneers of architectural functionalism.
Sibelius Monument (1967)
Sibelius Monument, sculptured by famous Finish artist Eila Hiltunen, is dedicated to the famous Finish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957). It consists of series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern.
Helsinki’s open-air market is located at the heart of the city and facing directly to the Baltic Sea. In a relaxing atmosphere, you can find traditional Finish foods and treats, handicrafts and souvenirs here. Open-air cafe shops in summertime are great places to sit and soak up the sun, and in wintertime heated cafe tents let you comfortably sip steaming hot coffee even in the coldest weather.
Turku Castle (1280)
Turku Castle is the largest surviving medieval building in Finland (dated back in the year of 1280). Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle are the oldest buildings which are still in use in Finland.
The Swedish King Eric XIV and his queen Karin Mansdotter, were kept as prisoners in the Turku Castle after they were dethroned by the King’s stepmother Queen Dowager Catherine in 1568.
Turku Cathedral (13th century)
Turku Cathedral was built by late 13th century. The Cathedral is regarded as the most important religious building in Finland which witnessed many important events in the nation's history and has become one of the city's most recognizable symbols.
Crossing the Arctic Circle
Crossing the Arctic Circle (66°33′45.9″N) is a must in Rovaniemi. And you can even have a certificate confirming that you have achieved this exciting event.
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Village is the most visited attraction in Rovaniemi. Here you can greet Santa Claus in his office, have a picture taken with him and send a postcard to your friends from Santa Claus’ post office.
Husky Safaris in the Wild Nature
Husky safaris in the wild Lapland is just fantastic. Travel with the lovely huskies as a team and experience an unforgettable sleigh ride in the breathtakingly beautiful wild Lapland nature.
Aurora Alert Real-Time
Hunting Aurora in the wild Lapland is exciting yet needs patience. Now in Rovaniemi there is Aurora Alert Real-time service so you don’t miss the opportunities to see the Aurora. You will receive via SMS and email when the magic Aurora Borealis is approaching.
Ivalo - Europe’s Northernmost Holiday Resort
In Ivalo, you can have a best getaway holiday in the Europe’s northernmost holiday resort with modern facilities and comfort.
In the summer, you can take a boating and canoeing venture through the crystal clear rivers, a horse riding in the forest, bird watching or simply a quiet hiking in the wildness.
In the winter, you can ski in the wholly snow-covered Lapland wildness, you can have snowmobile safari across the open land to the Arctic Ocean, sleigh ride with huskies or reindeer pulling your sleigh, a snowshoe hike and ice fishing. Or relax in a log cabin with great ambience, admire the Northern Lights in a glass-roofed igloo or cabin.
In Ivalo, you will have the chance to meet the only indigenous people in Europe, the Sami.
Kimi Raikkonen – world famous Formula One racing driver.
Jean Sibelius – a world famous Finnish composer.
Eero Saarinen - a famous Finnish American architect (the designer of TWA Flight Center in New York City and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri).
Alvar Aalto - a famous Finnish architect and designer.