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Welcome to Finland

The most sparsely populated country in the European Union, Finland attracts travelers in search of wide-open spaces and unspoiled swathes of beautiful nature. But city-dwellers will find plenty to love as well—in fact, the bulk of the country's population is concentrated in the capital, Helsinki, located on the southern coast. Known for its cutting-edge design and tech scene, it's a truly cosmopolitan city that's home to top-notch museums; stately historic buildings; and cool restaurants, bars, and markets (be sure try local delicacies like squeaky "bread" cheese with cloudberry jam). With its extra-long words, the Finnish language can be tricky to master, so a local guide can be helpful for navigating the city. A typical Helsinki tour includes stops at the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio), Senate Square, the Parliament Building, and the Sibelius Monument. Day trips from the city include the Suomenlinna sea fortress, the medieval city of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, or picturesque Tallinn, just a quick boat trip across the Baltic Sea in Estonia. Up north in Lapland, where the nights are long, you'll find an amazing vantage point from which to photograph the northern lights and engage in unforgettable wintertime activities. Hop aboard a dog sled for a tour of the tundra, explore an amethyst mine, go snowmobiling, do some ice fishing, or visit a reindeer farm.

Top 10 attractions in Finland

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Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village

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The city of Rovaniemi, in Lapland, is home to Santa Claus Village, a unique theme park located right on the Arctic Circle. The ultimate destination for kids looking for a private word with Father Christmas, the park includes Santa’s workshops, a reindeer petting area, gift shops, and Santa’s official post office.More
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Levi Ski Resort

Levi Ski Resort

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As Finland’s most popular ski resort and host of the annual Alpine World Cup Race, Levi is a top choice for winter sports. Take on the downhill runs, cross-country trails, and the country’s largest snowboard park in winter, while getting your thrills mountain biking, dry-slope sledding, and zip-lining in the summer months.More
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Inari-Saariselkä

Inari-Saariselkä

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Located about 155 miles (250 km) north of the Arctic Circle, Inari-Saariselkä is one of Finland’s northernmost ski resorts, a remote spot that is an ideal choice for those looking to get off the beaten track and escape the crowds.Inari-Saariselkä is best known for its winter sports, and the nearby fells of Kaunispaa and Iisakkipaa offer 11 ski and snowboard slopes, along with more than 155 miles (250 km) of cross-country skiing trails. Other popular activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, husky sledding and reindeer safaris, while summer visitors can make the most of the abundant hiking and mountain biking trails. Saariselkä also makes a great destination for viewing the Northern Lights, with its northern location offering some of the highest sighting rates from September to March.More
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Suomenlinna Fortress

Suomenlinna Fortress

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Spread over six islands in the Helsinki archipelago, Suomenlinna Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular destination for picnicking and leisure activities. The fortress is an important historic site with multiple on-site museums, as well as a living community with roughly 900 permanent residents.More
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Sibelius Monument

Sibelius Monument

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Nestled among the trees of Sibelius Park, the contemporary Sibelius Monument commemorates the life of acclaimed Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. 600 hollow, silver-steel pipes hover above the ground and evoke a range of creative interpretations. Initially, the abstract sculpture caused controversy with its modern design, so a bronze Sibelius bust was installed nearby to appease critics.More
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Parliament House of Finland (Eduskuntatalo)

Parliament House of Finland (Eduskuntatalo)

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An impressive architectural landmark, Finland’s Parliament House (Eduskuntatalo) is home to the nation’s governing body. The imposing building looms over Helsinki on Arcadia Hill, making it both the political and geographical heart of the Finnish capital.More
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Ranua Wildlife Park

Ranua Wildlife Park

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Ranua Wildlife Park is home to over 50 species and 200 individual animals native to the Arctic region, animals including the polar bear, arctic fox, reindeer, otters, minxes, foxes and wolves. There are also birds including owls, buzzards and snow geese. You can tour the zoo and see the animals being fed. In summer there is also a domestic animal zoo and you can ride ponies or Finnish horses. Less animated but still interesting are the arctic rocks in the Rock Park.The landscape around the zoo is beautiful and worth a visit in itself. The trail around the park is around 1.5 miles (2.5 km) and cold in winter, so dress appropriately.More
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Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

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Hewn into solid rock in the middle of a residential square, Helsinki’s Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko) features a circular ceiling covered entirely with copper stripping. Natural light streams in through 180 window panes, while an ice age crevice in the natural rock serves as the altar.More
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Arktikum

Arktikum

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With its beautifully designed glass tunnel stretching out to the Ounasjoki, Arktikum is one of Finland's best museums, albeit with a hefty admission fee. Exhibition spaces include superb static and interactive displays focusing on Arctic flora and fauna, as well as on the peoples of Arctic Europe, Asia and North America. It tells the story of the people of the North.The level of information is very impressive; this is really a place to learn about the unique northern environments, and there is an excellent research library. There are also good displays of canoes, dwellings, fishing materials, and costumes of various northern peoples (including a good exhibition on the Sámi), as well as a room devoted to the history of Rovaniemi itself. A scale model shows the destruction wrought by the Axis retreat in 1944. There's also a multi-vision theater and a good restaurant. You should allow yourself at least a couple of hours to get around it all.More
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Market Square (Kauppatori)

Market Square (Kauppatori)

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Helsinki’s Market Square (Kauppatori) has served as the center of city trading for more than 200 years. Located on the harbor, just a short walk from Senate Square, the open-air market takes place year-round and attracts tourists and locals alike with its range of clothing, crafts, and fresh produce.More

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Top activities in Finland

Snowmobile & Animals Day Tour

Snowmobile & Animals Day Tour

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Aurora Hunt+Barbeque+Photos

Aurora Hunt+Barbeque+Photos

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Snowmobile Safari
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Snowmobile Safari

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Full Day Snowmobile Safari
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Full Day Snowmobile Safari

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Lapland Reindeer Safari From Saariselkä
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Visit Ranua Zoo From Rovaniemi

Visit Ranua Zoo From Rovaniemi

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Lapland Reindeer and Husky Safari from Rovaniemi
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Snowmobiles and Huskies
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Snowmobiles and Huskies

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Ranua Zoo tour, optional lunch

Ranua Zoo tour, optional lunch

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Lapland Husky Safari from Saariselkä
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Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour
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Aurora Ice Floating in Rovaniemi
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Aurora Ice Floating in Rovaniemi

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Northern Lights Snowmobile Hunt

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Recent reviews from experiences in Finland

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Our best idea for this trip!
Paula_M, Jan 2022
Tour from Helsinki Airport to Helsinki city center
We had a 7-hour layover at the airport and decided to visit the city.
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Worthful Experience with Timo and Chris Team ! More than 5 stars.
Gautam_S, Dec 2021
Northern Lights Photography Hunting Experience in Rovaniemi
God bless, hope to see them again when I return to Finland.
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This was absolutely a great day outside...
Michael B, Sep 2018
Snowmobile Safari in Helsinki Archipelago with Lunch
Guides are super kind, safety was key and it was a great glimpse into winter living in Finland.
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Porvoo is a very lovely old city...
Olga, Mar 2016
Private Half-Day Trip to Medieval Porvoo from Helsinki
Porvoo is a very lovely old city, and it is really one of those hidden gems of the country that you should visit to see the real Finland.
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We took this tour because we wanted...
Lia, Mar 2016
Private Half-Day Trip to Medieval Porvoo from Helsinki
We took this tour because we wanted to see really historical and authentic Finnish city.
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An amazing experience with a great nature-loving guide who has everything prepared
Vedaansh, May 2021
Full-day tour in a Finnish National Park
Definitely worth the trip and Jeff is my go-to guy from now on for any nature activities and camping in the woods anywhere in Finland.
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Outstanding Guide & Worthwhile Sights
WaTraveler44, Sep 2019
Helsinki and Suomenlinna Sightseeing Tour
Asthaloy is a native of Finland so is very knowledgeable about the country but lived in the USA for a number of years so speaks English very well.
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My sister and I had the most...
Mirona A, Mar 2018
Private Guided Helsinki City Tour
We were so glad we decided to make the tour, we had such a good experience, and Cornelia is absolutely amazing, we felt we learnt so much about Finland, life style, traditions we were fascinated about the activities and the amount of entertaining at such a low temperature .
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