Finland has a long-standing reputation for offering the best Santa holidays for families and the most challenging slopes to skiers around the world. But more than the ice activities it’s mostly visited for, the Land of a Thousand Lakes has breathtaking tourist hot spots that’ll make anyone stay longer.
Here are the top-grossing tourist attractions in Finland that locals and foreigners never fail to see during their Finnish trip.
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- Top 10 MUST-VISIT Tourist Attractions in Finland
- FAQ about tourist attractions in Finland
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Top 10 MUST-VISIT Tourist Attractions in Finland
Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi
When it comes to fulfilling childhood fantasies, the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland comes to mind. No parent would ever miss bringing their kids to Santa’s official hometown especially when the Christmas holidays are around the corner.
Santa’s Post Office in the Village is an instant tourist magnet, showcasing the Christmas-related items that the Big Red himself is bound to send off during the holidays. The real Santa is here, ready to spread joy to every child and adult who visits him.
Where to stay: Hotels in Rovaniemi, Finland
Särkänniemi Adventure Park and Nasinneula in Tampere
The local favorite stop for a day full of excitement is Sarkanniemi Adventure Park in Tampere – an amusement park open to Finns and foreign tourists. Sarkanniemi is blasting in vibrant colors, with thrilling rides, games, and events and concerts that entertain anyone who sets foot on the Park. There’s also a planetarium, aquarium, and restaurants inside the Sarkanniemi.
Tampere is also the home of Nasinneula, the second tallest observation tower in all of the Nordic countries. It’s the most iconic symbol of Tampere, presenting a panoramic view of the city from its observation deck. From the ground, visitors are taken to the top of the tower as fast as 6 meters per second.
Where to stay: Hotels in Tampere, Finland
Levi Ski Resort
The ski resort in Levi is Finland’s leading and fast-growing sports resort. It has more than 40 slopes open for public use, each catering to every skill level and age. 27 lifts are surrounding the resort itself, bringing every person to greater heights for a leveled-up experience.
Aside from skiing, there are other ice activities to do in Levi Ski Resort like fat biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. Most international skiing competitions are held in Levi, so it attracts thousands of people. No doubt that it deserves to be one of the best tourist attractions in Finland.
Arktikum Science Center
Rovaniemi is one of the best places to go hunting for the aurora borealis. Sometimes, people flock to the Arktikum Science Center for a spectacular northern lights show inside its famous glass tunnel. The 172-meter long glass tube serves as the “Gateway to the North” because the entrance foyer is facing south, while the other end faces north.
The Arktikum is the northern science center, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the Finnish Lapland’s rich cultural heritage, evolving landscapes, and people.
What else to do: Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village
No one has ever left Helsinki – Finland’s capital – without spotting the elaborate Helsinki Cathedral. Virtually Finland’s national symbol, the Lutheran Cathedral on the Senate Square boasts a lavish architectural design that seems to float amidst the green, city landscape.
The Cathedral features beautifully carved exteriors and is a head-turner for passing tourists and locals. More than 350,000 people visit the Cathedral, for no other reason than to marvel at the transcendental work of art.
Where to stay: Hotels in Helsinki, Finland
Urho Kekkonen National Park in Lapland
Those who enjoy trekking will find the Urho Kekkonen National Park one of the best trekking and hiking places in the country. It’s the second biggest National Park in Finland, well-preserved to maintain its beautiful landscapes and tranquil tracks. It has an area of 2,550 kilometers, which gives visitors more freedom to roam around and explore the National Park.
Urho Kekkonen is a combination of easy walking routes and long snowshoeing trails. There are skiing tracks in the area too, which can get pretty rough during the intense winter season. Those who are brave enough to trek the Urho Kekkonen will get lucky watching the northern lights shine above them as they enjoy its magnificent arctic fells.
Built as a maritime fortress during the Swedish era, the Suomenlinna Fortress welcomes visitors to its fire-free premises. It has been recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991, which entails the public responsibility to preserve the beauty of Suomenlinna for future generations.
The best way to learn about and explore the man-made fortress is through a guided day tour. On top of the fortress, guests can also visit the museums in Suomenlinna.
Porvoo Old Town
One of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Finland will be found in Old Porvoo, which is lined with red-ochre-painted riverside houses. It’s considered a tourist-favorite spot for its colorful and vibrant wooden houses, delighting every traveler that strolls through its cobbled streets.
There are so many sights to see in Old Porvoo, from award-winning restaurants and cafes to dainty boutiques and souvenir shops. The entire city is also filled with art museums, including the Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum and Colmio Slow House.
There are available bed-and-breakfasts and old-style hotels in Porvoo, giving tourists more than enough time to get acquainted with the city’s photo-worthy sceneries.
Where to stay: Hotels in Porvoo, Finland
What to do: Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour
Snow Castle in Kemi
Running for 20 years, the Snow Castle in Kemi in northern Finland is frequented by tourists for its one-of-a-kind snow and ice masterpieces. Within the icy snow walls of the Castle, there are gorgeous snow sculptures and snow rooms that feel cozy and warm during the stay.
The Castle is being rebuilt every year since 1996, allowing travelers to see ice and snow architecture at its best. Everyone is invited to pass through its archways that boast intricate carvings, and head to the IceRestaurant365 for a filling lunch or dinner. A SnowChapel is found within the vicinity too, which has become a popular religious space for weddings and other Christian ceremonies.
Sibelius Monument in Helsinki
Abstract art is portrayed by Eila Hiltunen, the creator of the Sibelius Monument in Finland’s capital, Helsinki. Created as a tribute to the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the Monument features more than 600 organ pipes floating from the ground with Sibelius’ bust on the side.
It’s one of the most visited parks in Helsinki, and Sibelius’ composition still resonated with Finland’s patriotism and struggle for independence.
There is a smaller version of the Sibelius Monument in Paris, at the UNESCO headquarters.
FAQ about tourist attractions in Finland
What is Finland most known for?
Besides being known as the happiest country in the world for many years in a row, Finland is also known for its vast lush nature, being the home of Santa Claus, the world’s number one lovers of beer and sauna, the northern lights, snow castles, delicious food, and amazing ski resorts!
What are the touristic specialties of Finland?
Some of the best experiences you can have in Finland include swimming in an icy lake after a sauna, hiking its beautiful forests in summer, skiing in winter, chasing the northern lights, going on a snow sledding, and going on a snow walk.
These are just some of the few tourist attractions in Finland which you must not miss!
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