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Finland Unveiled: Exploring Nordic Wonders


Explore Finland, where ancient forests, modern cities, and enduring traditions offer diverse experiences. From Helsinki’s vibrant streets to Lapland’s snow-covered landscapes, Finland beckons travelers with its rich history, natural beauty, and unique culture. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, peaceful wilderness, or local cuisine, Finland has something for everyone. Join us as we discover must-visit attractions, including historical landmarks, natural wonders, culinary delights, and cultural gems, for an unforgettable journey through this Nordic wonderland.

Suomenlinna Fortress

It wouldn’t be a trip to Europe without exploring a beautiful fortress or castle. Luckily for us, Finland has both! Suomenlinna Fortress is a sea fortress that was started in 1748 and completed in 1808. It was built on a group of islands in Helsinki, which gives it a very unique look. The fortress encompasses an area of 210 hectares and includes 200 buildings, along with 6km of walls. Interestingly enough, the fortress was initially constructed by Sweden to defend themselves against the Russians, which ultimately failed. The fortress was surrendered to Russia during the Russo-Swedish war. The fortress remained a base for the Russians from 1808-1918, until it was eventually handed over to independent Finland following independence in 1917 and the conclusion of WW1. The fortress is open to visitors year-round and there is no entrance fee. Suomenlinna Fortress is a great location for those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, while simultaneously learning about history. Also, there aren’t many attractions out there that are free, so take advantage while you still can!

Helsinki Cathedral

Located a short distance from Suomenlinna Fortress, is one of the symbols of the city and national pride, the Helsinki Cathedral. Immediately visible by sea, this Cathedral has served as one of the main tourist attractions in Helsinki for decades. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, the cathedral was built in a neoclassical style with a tall green dome surrounded by four smaller domes. The Cathedral was designed in a Greek Cross format, meaning it is composed of a center square with four equilateral arms. Construction began in 1830 and ended in 1852, after the death of Engel who passed away in 1840. The Cathedral receives several hundred thousand of visitors a year and is currently used for worship and some special events. Be sure to check out their website, as they include a comprehensive list of different services to enjoy. This is another attraction that may help to save you some money while also providing you with some of the local culture and history.

Ateneum Art Museum

If fortresses and churches are not your speed, perhaps you would benefit from a little art? Ateneum is one of three museums that make up the Finnish National Gallery. The others being Kiasma, a contemporary art museum and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, a historic house and art museum. Ateneum has the largest collection of paintings and sculptures in Finland. Totaling almost 30,000 national treasures, this museum is sure to offer you a feast for your eyes. The museum makes it a habit to loan artwork out to other exhibitions, so that those in other parts of the country and world are able to benefit from its beauty. It is also worth noting that the museum’s collection continues to grow through acquisitions and generous donations. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday and the standard admission cost if you book online is 20 euros. However, the museum does offer discounted fees to those who hold museum cards and anyone under the age of 18.

Oulanka National Park

For some of us, the real adventures involve the outdoors. Oulanka National Park offers the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the more rugged side of Finland. The park covers 104 square miles and was established in 1956. The park is protected by the World Wide Fund for Nature and is a classic example of an untouched and unlogged boreal forest. The varied microclimates have allowed for a large variety of plants, trees, and animals to survive. Considered one of the most popular parks in Finland, it’s a great location to explore the land. Be sure to check out the website as it offers suggestions on activities, directions, in-depth history, maps, sights to check out and more. Although you may want to exhibit some caution if adventuring to Oulanka. Preparation is key in terms of equipment and planning. Not to mention, Finland can get a bit cold! Make sure to plan accordingly and your trip will be one for the books!

As our journey through Finland draws to a close, it’s evident that this Nordic gem has left a mark on our hearts and minds. From the awe-inspiring Northern Lights dancing across the Arctic sky to the warmth of Finnish hospitality found in bustling marketplaces and cozy restaurants, the cities in Finland have offered a myriad of experiences that speak to the heart of all travelers. Whether it’s the echoes of history resonating in ancient fortresses, the serenity found in pristine national parks, or the flavors of Finnish cuisine lingering on our palates. Until we meet again, may the spirit of Finland continue to inspire exploration, discovery, and a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world.

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