Top Rated Places and Attraction to Visit in Finland
Finland, known as the long and icy backbone of Scandinavia is a place that never fails to enchant people by its beauty and tranquility.
It attracts million of travelers every year and once you have visited this wonderful place then you will surely long to visit it again and again. But what is so special about this European country?
If I say beauty is the answer then I will be would be terribly wrong because Finland is not just beautiful it is even rich with history. Every city and village has a unique story from the past. If you are a history buff and beauty explorer then you should not miss visiting this country.
Here is a list of places and attractions in Finland you should visit.
If you want to witness history in Finland then Porvoo is the best destination to visit. It has over 600 years of rich history. This city even speaks a lot about the medieval settlements. It is situated near the Baltic coast and from Porvoo you can even take a small excursion the Helsinki as well.
The beauty of this city not only lies in its history but also the beautiful houses. The houses are building crocked timber and they are even painted in orange as well as red. On the other hand, you will even find the finest blend of Middle Age constructions.
However, the constructions are the result of Swedish masters. Moreover, in the heart of the city you will encounter the Porvoo Cathedral which tells the travelers long tales of the Russian and Danish invasion.
You can even gather in the marketplace along with the locals to sip a cup of coffee after you long city exploration.
Suomenlinna Fortress is an 18th century old fortress on Suomenlinna. It is one of the world’s largest sea fortresses and it is 15 minutes ferry ride from the Helsinki’s Market Square.
You can even take a cruise ride as well which will be a bonus attraction for you as you can view the beautiful places of the city. The sea fortress is the best place to spend some time in tranquility.
Even though places in Finland are not chaotic but this is the most calm place compare to other attractions. The Suomenlinna Fortress is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. It was built in the year 1847 by Swedes to scare away the Russians but this technique did not work and later they captured the fortress and even Finland.
Inside the fortress there are a number of activities for the visitors that they can indulge into. For instance, you will find visitors center, museums, tunnels and a lot more to explore.
The Aland or Aland Islands are archipelago situated between Sweden and Finland. It is a predominating Swedish speaking province in Finland. Aland consists of 10000 small and a few large islands.
This place has a unique history attached to it. It was first captured by the Russians in the year 1809. Then it was ceded by combined British and French forces in 1854 by destroying the fortress. Later, the archipelago was demilitarized and it remains the same till the recent times.
The population of Aland is 27,000 people and the main source of income is generated from shipping and trade. The main town of this archipelago is Mariehamn and you will find the Museum Ship Pommern there which is worth seeing.
And if you want to know more about the maritime history then nothing can be a better option other than this museum. The most fascinating part of Aland is the lovely seascape and landscape. Tourists tend to spend a lot of time adoring the beauty of the nature of this place.
Seeing Northern Lights is a dream come true for many people and if you are one amid them then Finland is the country you must head towards. It is the top counties in the world to witness the sublime blazing curtains of light drape across the sky.
Sometimes the lights can even be seen in the southern regions of the country as well. But the best place to encounter the lights is in the region close to the north of Arctic Ocean. September and March are the best months to when the Northern Lights appear if the sky is clear.
Mostly visitors visit during this period and the hotels are packed with huge crowds. You can even sign up for free with the Finnish Meteorological Institute to get email alerts about the Northern Lights.
Vasaa is an incredibly beautiful town and was one of the most important towns when Sweden ruled Finland. This town was established in 1300s. However, in 1852 the original town was burned down.
Then it was again established but relocated six kilometers northwest near a harbor. You can find the ruins of the old town in a giant park namely Vanha Vasaa and Gamla Vasaa. The town consists of thirty five percent Swedish speaking people who have their many ties attached to Sweden. This town is surrouned with many restaurants, cafes, shops and market places.
This peaceful town has a number of attractions to offer to its visitors such as the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Arts, Ostrobothnian Museum, Tropiclandia and Tropical Spa, Kvarken National Park and a number of festivals to enjoy. There are even many beaches where you can spend some relaxing time.
Lemmenjoki National Park
If you want to experience wilderness then this is the best place in Finland for it. It is the largest park in Finland and one of the most extensive chunks of wild lands in Europe. This park covers 2589 square kilometers of land.
It is a wonderful place for trekkers as they can walk hundreds of kilometer. On the other hand, they can even enjoy free wilderness huts and even rental huts that have the facility of sauna and campfire place.
Do not forget to take a boat ride in the Lemmenjoki River to get some wonderful and stunning view of the valley of towering pines. On your visit to the Lemmenjoki Park it is possible to come across wolves, brown bear, wild golden eagle, reindeer and even moose.