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Finland is not geographically contained in the Scandinavian region, although it has many of the same characteristics as its neighbors. The nation has stunning landscapes, pristine wilderness, and a progressive, contemporary political system. Many Finns spend the summer in their summer bungalows, where they paddle, fish, barbecue, and, of course, relax in the sauna after a lengthy winter spent watching the Northern Lights in the country’s far north.

Although a trip to Helsinki is necessary in Finland, you shouldn’t neglect the rest of the country. The finest of Finland, from its quaint little villages to breathtaking national parks, is highlighted here.

1. Tampere

Tampere, Finland

Tampere is the third most extensive municipality in Finland, although it is still not a very large urban region; rather, it is made up of many smaller metropolises. The Vapriikki is a gallery complex in Tampere that displays the city’s history and culture via displays from the Natural History Museum to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame. Winter sports are one of Tampere’s most well-liked outdoor activities. Still, the city’s less sporty residents enjoy taking strolls around Duck Park and the Hatanpää Arboretum. The Särkänniemi Adventure Park, located on the city’s outskirts, is a popular attraction because of its aquarium, planetarium, children’s zoo, art museum, and observation tower overlooking the surrounding woods and lakes.

2. Aland Island

Aland Island, Finland
The Aland Archipelago is a group of islands in the middle of the Baltic Sea. The archipelago is part of Finland geographically, but they are handled unassisted. This is one of the few places in Finland where Swedish is spoken more often lagos than Finnish. By taking a ferry, you may transit between the Aland Islands and appreciate sights like the Pommern ship museum, the Maritime Museum, the Kastelholm castle from the 14th century, and kilometers of gorgeous hiking paths. The dessert pancake with stewed plums and whipped cream is a must-try in the archipelago.

3. Lapland

Lapland, Finland
Finnish Lakeland is a geographical region in Finland characterized by a profusion of lakes, thus the name. At least 55,000 of the lakes here are above 200 meters (660 feet) in width. Its borders are the magnificent Salpausselkä Ridges and the Russian border, spanning central and eastern Finland. Lake Saimaa, the biggest lake in the area, is a great place to go swimming, boating, or stroll along the shore and enjoy the scenery. Visit the historic St. Olaf’s Castle and the university town of Jyväskylä while in Finnish Lakeland.

4. Savonlinna

Savonlinna, Finland
Savonlinna, a little town in the middle of Finland’s Lakeland, is an enjoyable and historic place to see. Olavinlinna, also called St. Olaf’s Castle, was constructed in the 15th century on a group of islands in the center of Lake Saimma. The castle has survived completely and fully equipped for centuries since its position was neither strategically nor politically significant. Savonlinna is home to the world’s largest wooden Church in the neighboring village of Kerimäki, the Orthodox Museum, and the Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Muikku, a dish made from local herring, may be purchased from several stalls in Savonlinna’s central market

5. Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is the best starting point for exploring the rest of Lapland. Bombings during the war completely destroyed this small town, which served as Lapland, Finland’s capital. Therefore, many buildings feature mid-century or brutalist styles. Rovaniemi has many great things to offer, but perhaps the best known is that it is Santa Claus’s official Finnish residence. The Santa Claus Post Office sells stamps, and there’s also an amusement park with a Santa Claus motif for guests to enjoy. Rovaniemi’s non-Christmas attractions include the Korundi House of Culture and the Jätkänkynttilä Bridge, an engineering marvel.

6. Helsinki

Helsinki, Finalnd
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is undoubtedly the most visited town in the nation. In 1812, Helsinki was built in a style meant to elicit that of the Russian metropolis of St. Petersburg. These days, Helsinki’s various churches—especially the Lutheran Church, the Church in the Rock, and the Uspenski Cathedral—are among the city’s most popular tourist destinations. The Parliament Building, which has a beautiful Art Deco design, and the stadium, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1952, are well worth seeing. Helsinki is home to hundreds of world-class museums and galleries. Still, the National Museum of Finland is a must-see for anybody interested in learning about Finland’s rich and varied past.

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