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Wooden church of Petäjävesi, Finland. Author Antti Bilund. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Wooden church of Petäjävesi, Finland. Author Antti Bilund

Finland tourist attractions: what to see in Finland

Finland is a tourist destination dreamed up by children to be the land of Santa Claus, but the country has many reasons to have an enjoyable and well worth a visit, there are wild natural areas such as Lapland, areas of forests and lakes as the east region of the country, pristine islands and a nice and neat capital, the city of Helsinki.

Along the west coast of Finland is the picturesque town of Rauma, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage, more north lies the university city of Oulu. Other cities to visit in addition to the capital Helsinki, one of the Europe’s most modern and culturally advanced, are the city of Turku, the oldest in the country and former Finnish capital.

Near Helsinki, Naantali is a theme park dedicated to the children of the world of Muumin. To the east of Helsinki are the military town of Hamina, and the city of Kotka, the site of a fishing imperial residence.

Rovaniemi, Finland. Author Tarja Ryhannen Mitrovic. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution.

Rovaniemi, Finland. Author Tarja Ryhannen Mitrovic

Do not miss a visit to the 6500 islands and rocks of the Archipelago of Åland, islands with an ancient Swedish culture, here you will find the oldest churches in Finland, dating back to the 12th century and some Swedish noble manors. If you want to relax and recharge your batteries Finland is the place for you.

The Lakes Region is the area of the largest lakes in Europe, an area full of lakes, islands, rivers, forests and canals, extends along the south-eastern section of the country, and is one of the most important tourist destinations in Finland.

Lapland, the northernmost area of the country, is the most interesting region of Finland, the region is rich in natural landscapes in the pure state, there are plains, hills and mountains, forests, lakes and rivers.

In Rovaniemi, a town located right on the Arctic Circle, is what is normally called the True Santa Claus House. Here, kids can visit the famous Santa Claus Village where there is also a post office that receives letters from children around the world addressed to Santa Claus.

AURORA BOREALIS

The Northern Lights, (in Finnish: revontulet (the fires of fox)) is a phenomenon due to solar activity, this is a wonderful spectacle beams of colored light that move on the vault of heaven. The aurora borealis is visible in northern Finland, at night, with clear sky, and away from city lights. It’s easier to see in the months of February to March and September to October, but it can also be seen in other periods, but excluding the summer because the nights are short and too bright.

MIDNIGHT SUN

In northern Finland, in summer, during the months of June and July, the sun never sets, this results in the well-known phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.

Visibility of the midnight sun in Finland
Utsjoki (69°52′) 16 May – 27 July
Ivalo (68°40′) 22 May – 21 July
Sodankylä (67°25′) 29 May – 14 July
Rovaniemi (66°30′) 6 June – 7 July
Kuusamo (65°59′) 12 June – 30 July
Kemi (65°45′) 18 June – 24 July

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