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  • 1 Lapland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Inari

    Lapland: the very name captures the imagination. This northern part of the Scandinavian peninsula is populated by the Sami; their territories (Sápmi) extend northwards and eastwards from the west coast of Norway, towards Sweden, Finland and as far as..

  • 2 Senate Square, Helsinki Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Work of town planner Ehrenström and architect Carl Ludvig Engel, Senate Square comprises a collection of monumental buildings typifying the aristocratic elegance of neo-Classicism. The senate building was completed in 1820, the university in 1832, th..

  • 3 View from Koli hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ylä-Kolintie FIN - 83690 Koli

    At the beginning of the 20C, painters, writers and composers would make pilgrimages to the summit of Koli (347m altitude), which dominates the west bank of Lake Pielinen. The magnificent panorama reveals an enchanting, peaceful landscape, with island..

  • 4 Lemmenjoki National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Lemmenjoen Kylätie 968 FIN - 99800 Ivalo

    This national park is Europe's largest woodland park, covering an area of 2 860km2. The holiday village and reception centre at Njurgalahti can be reached by car and is an ideal starting point for walks. The valley of the River Lemmenjoki, Leämmi, is..

  • 5 Rauma old town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Luostarinkatu 1 FIN - 26100 Rauma

    Rauma old town's 600 wooden houses dating back to the 17C and 18C have earned it a place on Unesco's heritage list. In this charming area, which is best explored on foot, you will see the 15C Franciscan Holy Cross Church (Pyhän Ristin Kirkko), near R..

  • 6 Arktikum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pohjoisranta 4 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    An ingenious underground construction (by Birch-Bonderup-Thorup and Waade, 1992) with an elongated dome on top which, on the surface, looks like an ice tunnel. Two exhibitions are presented here. The Arctic Centre tackles the ecology and ethnology of..

  • 7 Turku Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Tuomiokirkonkatu 1 FIN - 20100 Turku

    Kankainen Chapel (near the chancel, north side) houses a black marble funeral monument dedicated to the Finnish wife of King Erik XIV. In St George's Chapel rest bishops Hemming (who died in 1366) and Gezelius (father and son), pioneers of Finnish ed..

  • 8 Turku Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Linnankatu 80 FIN - 20100 Turku

    The main castle boasts many admirable features: the porter's lodge with its friezes (c 1530), Sture Chapel (1480) and its medieval religious sculptures, the nuns' chapel and its Gothic Virgin Mary (14C) and finally the king's room with its Edelfelt p..

  • 9 Hattula Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    FIN - Hattula

    Dating from around 1320, this brick church is a fabulous example of a Finnish medieval church. The 16C frescoes and wall paintings illustrate mainly scenes from the Life of Christ. They resemble those in Lohja's church and have features in common wit..

  • 10 Visavuori Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    FIN - Päivölä

    In 1903, sculptor Emil Wikström (1864-1942) took up residence in this spelendidly situated building on the shore of Lake Vanajavesi and worked in its lovely studio until 1912. Among the objects on show are original plaster moulds and maquettes of scu..

  • 11 Lakes Region Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Tampere

    Mostly water and forest, this region has some of the most attractive and quintessentially Finnish scenery in the country. More than 10 000 years ago, the ice sheet covering Finland created a highly complex landscape of lakes, ridges and rocky outcrop..

  • 12 Gösta Serlachiuksen taidemuseo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Joenniementie 47 FIN - Mänttä

    This important collection of artworks, including masterpieces from the Golden Age of Finnish art, belonged to a leading figure in the paper industry, Gösta Serlachius (1876-1942). It is on show in the Joenniemi manor house, designed in 1935 by Jarl E..

  • 13 Kukkolankoski Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Tornio

    The River Tornio's most important rapids run for a total of 3.5km, forming a picturesque backdrop for ochre-red huts belonging to fishermen who, in keeping with tradition, net their fish before grilling them over an open fire. Visitors have the oppor..

  • 14 Lohjan Pyhän Laurin kirkko Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Laurinkatu FIN - Lohja

    This large three-nave church dates from the 15C. The walls and vaulting are covered in frescoes depicting Biblical scenes ranging from the Garden of Eden to the Last Judgement. The influence of Swedish artist Albertus Pictor is evident. Painted betwe..

  • 15 Juselius Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cimetière Käppärä FIN - Pori

    A rich businessman, F.A. Juselius, had this monument built in memory of his daughter Sigrid, who died in 1898 at the age of eleven. He commissioned Gallen-Kallela to decorate the interior with frescoes (1901-1903), but humidity and later a fire destr..

  • 16 Sepänmäen käsityömuseo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    FIN - Hirvihaara

    The historic Sepänmäen käsityömuseo village is a living museum which keeps traditions alive with its 20 houses and 14 workshops, offering an authentic picture of 18C-19C life complete with demonstrations of traditional trades.

  • 17 Ranua Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Rovaniementie 29 FIN - Ranua

    The world's northernmost zoological park (eläinpuisto) is home to some 50 species of predators from the Arctic regions, including polar bears, as well as birds. The animals live in their natural surroundings in vast enclosures. The 3km circuit takes ..

  • 18 Punkaharju Ridge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Punkaharju

    Running for some 7km in length and rising in places to a height of 30m, the ridge is in fact a moraine deposited here during the Ice Age. It lies between Lake Pihlajavesi and Lake Puruvesi, and in places is no wider than the old road running along it..

  • 19 Hossa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Hossa

    This "fishermen's paradise" is also an ideal region for walkers, with nearly 100km of signposted paths. The excellent fishing is thanks to the 130 lakes, ponds and rivers in the area. Rare virgin forest and some of the world's most northerl..

  • 20 Turku Archipelago Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Turku

    Finland's southeast coast is dotted with thousands of islands, which emerged slowly from the water with the retreat of the ice sheet covering Scandinavia. This Finnish archipelago is comparable in beauty to the islands of the Aegean. It stretches fro..

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