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Things to do in Finland

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The top 258 attractions in Finland

Cathedrals in Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral
The truth is that it's much more impressive on the outside than on the inside. Like all Lutheran churches, its interior walls are devoid of any adornment, and even I was surprised to see the altar as "elaborate". But it is still beautiful without much decoration. From the outside it is a mixture of a classical building, observatory and graveyard, and this, coupled with the fact that it is on top of a hill makes it appealing and impressive.
Of Cultural Interest in Helsinki
Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art
The video and audio facility is located on the top floor is super interesting and fun. You must go into a dark room and then there's a huge cinema that projects caledoiscope figures, that are formed with the people from inside the room. The figures change along with the music according to the number of people and the distance between them and the wall. You will definitely be spending at least 10 to 15 minutes playing with this.
Nature Reserves in Rovaniemi
Northern lights, Santa park, sky jump...
Islands in Helsinki
A short ferry ride from Helsinki will take you to the UNESCO fortified island of Suomenlinna. The defenses were started by the Swedish government in 1947 however the island was captured by the Russians 53 years later making their effectiveness questionable. There are however plenty of tunnels to explore, bring a small flashlight. It is rumored to be a good place to listen to the ice crack and sing as the thaw in the Baltic Sea starts. The shift and flow of the melting ice is definitely transfixing, especially as the Tallin ferry passes. Seems to be a Pokémon hotspot, plenty of rock and magnetic types.
Squares in Helsinki
Market Square
The fish market is oceanfront and near the center of Helsinki. It is a perfect place to find the most typical things from the country such as fox fur, wool hats and scarves for the harsh winter and many groceries. The fish stalls were the most abundant and they even gave you samples. The salmon was super good! For the brave they sold reindeer and for the sweet tooth- traditional local sweets. The best thing about this market are the things you can find and that it's in the heart of Helsinki. From there it is easy to reach the [poi = 62535] Helsinki Cathedral [/ poi] and [poi = 246771 ] Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali) [/ poi], both of which are lovely.
Cathedrals in Helsinki
Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
This cathedral is very large, not only because of its size (we are talking about the largest Orthodox cathedral in Europe), but also because it is on a small hill, which makes it more robust and impressive. The colors are typical of this area, red brick and domes (13 in total) and is has a golden tone and an oxidized copper green. It also has a viewpoint from which you can see much of the city, the harbor and the pristine white Helsinki Cathedral ([poi = 62535] Helsingin tuomiokirkko [/ poi]). Like all the key points of the city, is in the center so it's easy to come up with it. And if not, seek it!
Cities in Rovaniemi
In Rovaniemi , there is are a few buildings which are emblematic of Aalto: the Town Hall, the theater, and library, all of which are located in the same area. The perspective, the fan-shaped library and the the tower for its height and shape that comprises vertical accent. This is a must see site. The three buildings were designed by Alvar Aalto. There is the auditorium, a library in the shape of fan-shaped plant and the town hall of Rovaniemi. This is a place that you cannot miss.
Train Stations in Helsinki
Helsinki Central Railway Station
The Helsinki railway station is definitely a gem of Art Nouveau and a landmark of the city, in Finnish it's called "Helsingin päärautatieasema". It is used by approximately 200,000 passengers per day, and has the Rautatientori Metro Station, which is the busiest station in Helsinki. The most characteristic aspect, aside from its brown and green accents, are its clock tower and the four men at the entrance. They have become so popular that they have even been copied for commercials.
Historical Monuments in Helsinki
Sibelius Monument
The Paque Jean Sibelius was built in honor of this composer, Johan Julius Christian Sibelius. He was a Finnish symphonic composer of the twentieth century. The majority of his music is the collection of seven symphonies, and they continue to be popular. They are often included in programs and concerts both within Finland and abroad. He was one of the cultural symbols of Finland and a nationalistic spirit. The monument is really modern and is represented by different sized tubes and his head is on the other side. Definitely interesting!
Cities in Porvoo
The medieval city of Porvoo is 50 kilometres from Helsinki, and was rebuilt countless times because of several fires. It has a certain taste of a fake idyllic city, however, the surrounding landscapes are exceptional and for only these, it's well worth a visit. Porvoo is 50 kilometers from Helsinki, it is a medieval city rebuilt countless times because of the number of times it has burned, and has a the feel of an idyllic city and the landscapes are however exceptional and these alone are well worth a visit.
Of Cultural Interest in Helsinki
There is great architecture in the center of Helsinki. A hiker's dream. The train station Eliel Saarinen is a beautiful building that's surrounded by large planters with colorful flowers. Your roof is a contemporary construction of glass and steel. Another place of interest is the Senate Square, which is between the other buildings surrounding the square, Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral consecrated in 1852), the Government Palace and the University Library. In the center of the square stands the statue of Tsar Alexander II from 1894. Next to the statue are more bright flowers that pleasethe insects which look for nectar, leaving us fans of photographt a good image.
Churches in Helsinki
Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)
Temppeliaukio Lutheran Church is one of the biggest attractions in Helsinki. It was designed by the Suomalainen brothers, both architects. It was officially opened in 1969. The interior was excavated out of rock, but is bathed in natural light through its glass dome. The church is often used as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustics. This quality is achieved by rough rock surfaces that give the impression of a cave more than a church. The furniture of the church was also designed by the architects.
Villages in Turku
Historic Centre of Turku
Turku is the oldest city in Finland, the first university in the country and former capital. Its port is an important trading spot. It is a very modern city that actually, was destroyed by a fire, and most of its center was basically restored from scratch. It is recommended to visit beginning in April because before April, the climate is just too harsh. The people are very friendly and must get themselves used to the timeframe of meals (eating at 11 in the morning many times). There are quite a few typical boats along the river that are restaurants, especially in the central part and next to the University. It is a medium-sized city, where you can get almost everywhere on foot and with an attractive blend of tradition and modernity. Obviously people are quite good in English, because I learned Finnish ... and secondly alcohol is very expensive, much more than in Spain. The government chose to put pressure levy high taxes on alcoholic beverages and the result is a full Guiness central square in Turku that can cost 6 euros minimum. People are very polite and usually most speak English perfectly, at least in tourist areas. Many ancient buildings were hospitals, palaces, taverns ... have been rebuilt and are now part of the nightlife of the city. These are really nice places to see.
Streets in Helsinki
Mannerheimintie is one of the main streets in Helsinki, it is very wide and leads from Erottaja in the city center where you'll find the Swedish theater and the popular Stockman shopping center, then pass by the Töölö area, and the districts of Kamppi and Ruskeasuo, finally reaching a highway that goes out of town. Mannerheimintie was originally called Heikinkatu in honor of Heikki Rehbinder, Secretary of State of the Grand Duchy of Finland in 1811-1841, but was renamed after the Winter War in honor of Marshal Mannerheim. There's plenty of attractions along the street: National Museum of Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the house of Finland, Parliament, statues ... You can also find many typical shops that we have here in Spain as well as the Stockman shopping center which is like El Corte Inglés, the Forum shopping center ... There is a restaurant at the top end of Stockman on the sidewalk out front that has pizza buffet and salads for 10 euros or so and the truth is that you'll eat quite well and the pizzas are very good.
Museums in Helsinki
National Museum of Finland
The truth is that it looks like anything but a museum. Because when you see it from afar, it looks like a church, a reformatory, or a convent. But once you get a little closer you can see that it's built with educational purposes in mind. As I said, there were three winners of an architectural competition that took place at the beginning of last century. Each wing has something that distinguishes it from the others, but overall it is a perfect example of Finnish neo-Romanticism. I was very sorry not to be able to go, because it seems that the way it's presented is quite fun. It has become the nation's favorite museum.
Markets in Helsinki
Old Market Hall (Vanha Kauppahalli)
Near Kauppatori, the market square, in Helsinki we found this special market. The truth is that it is not a typical market, with stalls where you can buy food and things for everyday life. It's actually a delicatessen market with Finnish delicacies. For example, sweets. Chocolates of all flavours and colours, chocolates, scones. If you come hungry you'll not be able to resist. Of course, there are also most typical stalls: the fish, especially salmon here in Finland has a special flavor, it's the most delicious. They had fruit shops that looked like they were more exquisite than the typical fruit shops here. They have terrific fish but the fruit is not so common and is highly valued. Pates, tuna and other nicely packaged can all be found. Curiosity: I saw Spanish oil! The truth is even if only to look, this place rocks and is in a great place in the city. You have to go.
Lakes in Lahti
Vesijärvi Lake
Vesijärvi Lake is a 111 square kilometer lake that's in the Enonselkä basin in Lahti, southern Finland. In Castilian the name means "lake," which is super original! When it's cold winter, between January and March, the Vesijärvi freezes completely, one of the most beautiful corners of Lahti.
Cities in Inari