When travelling in Finland, put on the rubber boots and head to the woods to slow down, just like the Finns do to embrace the calmer side of life. No wonder why Finland is consecutively labelled as the ‘happiest country in the world’ by the UN. A hidden gem tucked into the North of Europe, Finland offers what most people around the world are looking for - peace, soothing sights and sounds of nature, the beauty of the wild, culinary excellence, security and authenticity. Throw in some winter delight along with some amazingly awesome summers and you've got one cool country to pin to the top of your bucket list. Despite being relatively undiscovered by the world, there are many intriguing Places to visit in Finland that have easily gotten the deserving attention of travellers. Whether you want to peep out of your glass igloos to witness the extraordinary Northern Lights, enjoy city tours in Savonlinna and Helsinki, get super close to nature in Lakeland, take pleasure in a traditional Finnish Sauna or visit Santa’s imaginative world at Lapland, the Finland Attractions are nothing less than magical wonders.
Thriving and shining as one of the top bucket list destinations in the world, Finland is stocked with vibrant cities that have helped enormously in backing up its tourism sector. But a major chunk of acknowledgement goes to its capital city Helsinki which is a surprising package of unique travel experiences. While the rhythm of the city is quite laid-back, there are several Best Places to visit in Helsinki that cater to the preferences of history and art fanatics, nature and food lovers and those wanting to loosen themselves in a public sauna. With a list of Helsinki Attractions that seems endless, it is tough to pick just a few. Read on to discover the worth-visiting Helsinki Tourist Places and Spots while you plan on making your overall journey to the country absolutely fun-tastic!
Loving Finland already and can’t wait to get there? Plan your trip with our list of Top Finland Tourist Attractions and bookmark the signature travel experiences.
Top Tourist Places to Visit in Finland and Helsinki:
Kiasma Nykytaiteen museo
Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located on Mannerheimintie in Helsinki Finland.
Coordinates: 60.1716600 N, 24.9369000 E
Havis Amanda is a fountain and a statue in Helsinki Finland by the sculptor Ville Vallgren.
Coordinates: 60.1675600 N, 24.9514500 E
Helsinki Cathedral is the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki located in the neighborhood of Kruununhaka in the centre of Helsinki Finland at the Senate Square. The church was originally built from 18301852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. It was also known as St Nicholas Church unti..
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Coordinates: 60.17028 N, 24.95222 E
Phone: +358 9 23406120
Orthodox Church Porvoo
Coordinates: 60.39297 N, 25.6452 E
Phone: +358 9 85646232
Temppeliaukio Church is a Lutheran church in the Tl neighborhood of Helsinki. The church was designed by architects and brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. Built directly into solid rock it is also known as the Church of the Rock and Rock Church.
Visiting Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sat 10:00 am to 11:45 am Sun 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Coordinates: 60.17306 N, 24.92528 E
Phone: +358 9 23406320
The Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The monument is located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Tl in Helsinki the capital city of Finland.
Coordinates: 60.18194 N, 24.913471 E
Phone: +358 9 31087041
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 24 hours
Coordinates: 60.148884 N, 24.984615 E
Phone: +358 29 5338410
Esplanadi colloquially known as Espa is an esplanade and urban park in downtown Helsinki Finland situated between the Erottaja square and the Market Square. It is bordered on its northern and southern sides by the Pohjoisesplanadi and Etelesplanadi streets respectively. Aleksanterinkatu runs parallel to Esplanadi.
Coordinates: 60.16783 N, 24.94843 E
Phone: +358 9 31022111
Santa Claus Holiday Village
All your childhood fantasies about Christmas are going to come true when you will meet the real Santa Claus in a village called Rovaniemi. This place in Lapland is the only place in the world where one can meet real Santa Claus at any time of the year. If one is unable to meet him then just drop a postcard at Santa’s office. Despite being the count..
Coordinates: 66.5432000 N, 25.8441900 E
Arktikum Science Museum
Arktikum is a museum and science centre in Rovaniemi Finland. The building is also a popular culture destination and venue for meetings and conferences and has a cafe and library to serve the customers. Two separate exhibitions operate at Arktikum the Arctic Center and the Provincial Museum of Lapland.
Visiting Hours: Mon Closed Tue 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Wed 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thu - Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sat 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Type: Science Centre
Coordinates: 66.5075 N, 25.72611 E
Phone: +358 16 3223260
Helsinki Senate Square
The Senate Square presents Carl Ludvig Engels architecture as a unique allegory of political religious scientific and commercial powers in the centre of Helsinki Finland.
Coordinates: 60.16944 N, 24.9525 E
Phone: +358 9 31013300
Uspenski Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki Finland and main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie which denotes the Dormition.
Visiting Hours: Mon Closed Tue - Fri 9:30 am to 7:00 pm Sat 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Coordinates: 60.16833 N, 24.96 E
Phone: +358 9 85646100
Come and experience life as it may have been at the turn of the 20th century in the countryside in Ostrobothnia. Stundars open air museum consists of seventy buildnings that have all been relocated from villages in Korsholm and the Vaasa region. There is a country shop a village school and a farmhouse as wess as many artisans workshops and crofters..
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Coordinates: 63.013805 N, 21.6443 E
Phone: +358 6 3442200
Market Square Oulu
The Oulu Market Square is the main market square of the city of Oulu Finland. The market square is located in the city centre in the Pokkinen district on the waterfront of the Oulujoki river. The Rotuaari pedestrian zone starts from the square behind th
Type: Main Square
Coordinates: 65.01389 N, 25.46333 E
RIISA Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
RIISA Orthodox Church Museum of Finland is a museum located in the city of Kuopio which specializes in the research preservation and archiving of the visual and tangible cultural heritage of the Finnish Orthodox Church.
Visiting Hours: Mon Closed Tue - Sat 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sun Closed
Coordinates: 62.89889 N, 27.66639 E
Phone: +358 20 6100266
Savonlinna Market Square
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sun 24 hours
Coordinates: 61.868076 N, 28.885012 E
Phone: +358 44 4174621
Old Market Hall
Visiting Hours: Mon - Sat 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Sun Closed
Coordinates: 60.16695 N, 24.95248 E
Phone: +358 9 31023550
Aurora Borealis Observatory
Coordinates: 69.2207885 N, 17.8148527 E
Phone: +47 969 99 996
Northern Lights can be best spotted in Finnish Lapland, especially during winters. Widely known as Aurora Borealis, this natural light show can only be spotted in the clear sky. Unlike other countries, Finland has ample open spaces and national parks with enough darkness for viewing northern lights. Since the Finnish northern lights are supposed to...
Suomenlinna Fortress of Finland or Sea Fortress is a world heritage site listed by UNESCO as a unique monument of military architecture. It is one of its kind in the history of Finland as it has served three realms in its past: Sweden, Russia, and Finland. The inception of the fortress started back in the mid 18th century when Finland was still par...
In Finland, traditions have lived strong for centuries. Sami, the oldest civilization of the country believed that there’s a soul in everything. For many years, people from the pagan reindeer herds worshipped god by chanting and drumming.The Four Famous Churches of Helsinki depicts the evolution of Finland from Swedish territory to Russian outpost,...
A granite stone building that has survived for more than 700 years is what is known as Turku Castle. Located near the banks of Aura river, this medieval building is one of the oldest building still in use in Finland. During its history till today, Turku Castle has served as a defensive bastion, an administrative court, a prison, a storehouse, and a...
Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna
Located in the eastern part of Finland, Lake Saimaa is the fourth largest freshwater lake in Europe spread in an area of 4,400 square kilometers. This lake was formed by glacial melting at the end of ice age. The lake is home for numerous islands. This beautiful Finnish district attracts a lot of tourist throughout the year. Savonlinna is situat...
With an easy reach from Helsinki there lies a small charming city called Porvoo. The city is more than 800 years old and considered as the second oldest city in Finland. The city has been a source of inspiration for many Finnish artists. A day trip from Helsinki or steamboat in summers is all you need to take to reach this serene city. Not exactly ...
Located in northernmost Finland this castle is situated in Savonlinna. The building of the castle was started in 15th century by a Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott. He decided to build fortifying walls to protect the Savo region from Russians. Situated on a small island of lake Saimaa the castle has been part of Great No...
Located between Sweden and Finland, Aland Islands are an autonomous archipelago with Swedish-speaking people. Aland Islands consist of few large islands and about 10,000 small ones. Aland Islands have an interesting history where Sweden surrenders it to Russia in 1809. Later, a British/French fleet took the island and destroying all the castles. Th...
Rovaniemi and the Arctic
The town of Rovaniemi is popular among tourists as “the gateway to the Arctic” since the Arctic that runs through Finland, passes through the town of Rovaniemi. The city is best known as the home of Santa Claus and a place to meet Reindeers. Another attraction of the town is the famous Midnight Sun. Locals and tourists enjoy their attractions outdo...
Vaasa was established in the 1300s and was an important town when Finland was ruled by Sweden. Unfortunately, the town burned down in 1852 and was re-established six kilometers away near a better harbor. The old burned town is now converted into a huge park. The town offers numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops for visitors. The main attraction is...
With a population of 234,441, Tampere is a popular inland city located in Pirkanmaa among the Southern region of Finland. It is recorded as the ‘second largest urban area’ and ‘third densely populated isolated city’ which lies in Finland. It is situated between two beautiful lakes, Pyhajarvi and Nasijarvi. In the Finnish industry, Tampere is the er...
Oulu is a borough with a community of 202,753 occupants as per the 2018 records. It lies in the North Ostrobothnia, Finland. In the regions of Northern Finland, it is regarded as a densely populated city. It is also titled as the “Europe’s living lab” for the community is involved in experimenting with the latest technologies on a large scale. The ...
The Burgh occupies a community of about 68,000 residents. It lies in the former territory of Hame, Southern Finland. Being the old central city in Finland, it comes out as a significant topical place in the country. Until the nineteenth century, it was a predominant city in the region of Finland. Jean Sibelius, the composer was born in the city of ...
Lemmenjoki National Park
If you are a nature admirer and want to experience the wilderness then this is the place for you. The boreal forest is one of the largest national parks in Finland with extensive wild lands in the whole of Europe. Trekking can be done across hundreds of kilometers on marked trails and can stop by in free open wilderness huts or rental huts with fac...
Snow Castle of Kemi
Snow Castle of Kemi is the biggest snow fort in the world. The fort is built in every winter in various architectural designs and structures. It was first built in 1996 which drew around 300,000 visitors. The castle has tall buildings and walls, all made up of ice. Every year the configuration of the castle varies, however, few elements like a chap...
Skiing in Levi
Levi has the best Skiing and Snowboarding Resort in Finland. The pistes of Levi are liked by families and alpine stars. To enjoy the pristine view of this place hop on to 6-seater chair lift with seat heating and wind-protecting bubble. There are 43 different slopes made according to the ability of an individual. With 124 miles of trails that inclu...
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Urho Kekkonen National Park is the second largest protected area in Finland. It extends from the Resort of Saariselkä crossing the Finnish Lapland and goes all the way to the Russian border. The park is famous for its magnificent trek through the Arctic fell. One can trek either on foot or ski and can stop by in wilderness hut for a night. Korvatun...
Nuuksio National Park
Established in 1994, Nuuksio National Park is one of the 40 National Parks in Finland. A day trip from Helsinki to Nuuksio National Park is a great way to relax in the lap of nature. The park has beautiful lakes, green forests and rugged rock lands. The best way to know the park is by hiking. Both marked and natural trails are available (1.5 - 17 K...
Archipelago National Park
Archipelago National Park is situated to the southwest of Finland and was established in 1983. It has a land area of 500 square kilometers. The “non-qualified area” in the park is part of UNESCO biosphere reserves. The purpose of the park is not only to preserve the natural flora and fauna but also to protect the Archipelago culture and traditional...
The formation of Imatrankoski Rapids goes back to 5000 years when land rose after Ice age and water of lake Saimaa tore the Salpauselkä Ridge apart. The Rapid has been a famous tourist spot for more than 300 years and was considered as Europe’s most known attractions in the 1800s. Kruununpuisto Park surrounds the area around Imatrankoski Rapids. On...
Pyhä-Luosto National Park
A National Park in Lapland, Pyhä-Luosto National Park has some of the magnificent landscapes, beautiful natural spots, and peace. The park was made by joining Pyhätunturi National Park (oldest park in Finland) and Luosto, in 2005 making it the oldest and the newest at the same time. The park covers an area of 142 square kilometers. The salient feat...
Hietaniemi is a popular sandy beach in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Located in Töölö district, a few kilometers from Hietaniemi, the place is a popular summer destination for locals and tourists. People come to relax and play volleyball on the sand beach. Also, the Hietsu Beach Volley tournament is conducted every year since 1995.