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Best things to do in Finland

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Top 15 things to do in Finland

1. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Visit World Heritage Site Sea Fortress Suomenlinna to see a sea fortress built on a collection of six islands. This ruggedly beautiful spot is a favorite among both locals and tourists. The fortress was built in 1748 and inhabited by Swedes and Russians until 1918, when it became a part of independent Finland. View the impressive fortified structure, constructed by the Swedish crown to withstand attacks from 18th-century Russia (who eventually overtook the islands in 1808). Nowadays the site supports a town with civilian inhabitants and draws visitors from the mainland of Finland.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki

A product of Russian expansionism in the region, Helsinki Cathedral was built by architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the pinnacle of the city's Senate Square. The cathedral was constructed between 1830 and 1852 in the neoclassical style as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. After Finland gained independence in 1917, it became a Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral. Take in views of the structure's distinctive green domes and white pillars and walk through the church to appreciate its Greek cross layout. Over 350,000 tourists visit this cathedral every year.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

Known for its striking copper dome, Temppeliaukio Church has been carved from rock in the heart of the city. Designed by siblings Tim and Tuomo Suomalainen and finished in 1969, this distinctive Lutheran church is directly excavated into rock. Explore the church's interior, which consists of rock and marble walls, with the shining copper dome supported by concrete beams at the top of the structure. Note the light shining in through the skylight on what is commonly called the Church of Rock. Take time to listen to the acoustics, made possible by the church's exposed walls.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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4. Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), Helsinki

The largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) stands as a symbol of Russian influence in Finland's history. Designed by architect Aleksey Gornostayev during Russian rule of the region in the 19th century, this Eastern Orthodox church was completed in 1868. Visit the popular Helsinki landmark, note its traditional Russian design, and then enjoy the view of the city from this scenic hilltop. Take time to inspect the structure's ornate interior, domed ceilings, and crypt chapel, as well as several historically and artistically important icons, including St. Nicolas the Wonder Maker and Theotokos of Kozeltshan.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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5. Senate Square, Helsinki

The Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, National Library of Finland, and main University of Helsinki building surround Senate Square and make up a collective vision of neoclassical design. This historical square boasts the architectural influence of Carl Ludvig Engel and is home to the oldest building in the city center, Sederholm House, built in 1757. Stroll the square to view these stately structures, stopping to take a seat on the cathedral's stairs and to examine the statue of Alexander II, a monument of Russian expansionism in Finland. The square hosts many events, including concerts and art exhibits.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Helsinki Central Railway Station, Helsinki

Noted for its design and use of Finnish granite, Helsinki Central Railway Station functions as the center of public transportation in and around Helsinki. Navigate the city from this railway station, which services about 200,000 passengers every day, making it the most-visited building in the area. If you're not headed anywhere, simply stop by the landmark to admire its famous architecture. Built by Eliel Saarinen in 1919, the current structure is considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations in Europe. Most people come to admire the clock tower, the statues flanking its main entrance, and its granite finishings.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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8. The Esplanadi Park, Helsinki

Enjoy green space in the heart of the city at The Esplanadi Park, a historical park and walking area originally opened in 1812. The park is known for hosting a number of outdoor events, including the Marimekko Fashion Show and Jazz-Espa concert series. You'll find plenty of high-end shops, restaurants, and bars lining nearby streets.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Ukko-Koli, Koli National Park

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland

Yllas Ski Resort offers a range of varied, comparatively short, and not overly difficult ski runs excellent for families or skilled skiers. The village side of the resort with a few small hotels and cabins nestled in a snowy forest has a quiet atmosphere, while the side over the fell is much busier with plenty of activities. Moguls, not steep slopes, are what characterize the black runs. The resort is newer too crowded, so you won"t have to worry about getting in anyone's way.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Pielinen, Koli National Park

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Nuuksio National Park, Espoo

Explore Finnish wilderness on a day trip from Helsinki at Nuuksio National Park. Verdant forests and shimmering blue lakes are easily accessed thanks to the network of well-groomed and marked trails. Apart from hiking, cycling, and kayaking, visitors can enjoy picking berries and mushrooms, swimming and horse riding. During the warmer months, adventurous types can pack their backpacks for a memorable campout. Note that the large campsites within the park boundaries are free and equipped with fire pits where you can cook on an open fire. Amenities include rental huts, dry toilets, and saunas, and some areas are also wheelchair accessible.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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13. Neitikoski Rapids, Lieksa

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Kansallisgalleria, Helsinki

At the grand national monument Kansallisgalleria, view international and Finnish works of art from the 18th century and beyond. This museum, opened in 1887, was named after Greek goddess Pallas Athena, who represents warfare and wisdom. Learn about Finnish art history from the likes of Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and other important Finnish artists. The site also houses works from famous foreign artists including Van Gogh, Rodin, and Cezanne, as well as Russian and Karelian pieces. After touring the museum, you can head to its cafe, bookshop, or reading room.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. River Rafting & Tubing, Rukatunturi

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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