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Finland

Finland

There are plenty of special ways to experience Finland, and they’ll vary depending on which season you choose to visit. It’s a big country divided into the four main regions of Helsinki area, Lakeland, Archipelago, and Lapland. Whether it’s a summer or winter journey to the land of the thousand lakes, the trick is to get active. Rolling hills, deep green forests and a seemingly never-ending collection of glistening lakes are the heart of the Finnish identity. In the east lies Saimaa, yet another pristine blue lake which is home to the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most endangered species in the world. Take a steamboat from Kuopio or Savonlinna for a gloriously scenic journey on the water, and when winter comes, a gentle cruise is replaced by ice-skating on frozen lakes or venturing out on snowmobile tracks.

But Finland is more than just vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Vibrant cities, like the capital, Helsinki, drench the country's southern areas with world-renowned design and established music scenes. A mesh of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and stylish bars with local quirk bring a pulsating rhythm to this travel destination.
Finland

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Helsinki

Helsinki

Artists, musicians, and history buffs alike will applaud this hip, vibrant city that celebrates a lively culture of creativity. Mind the clanking trams as you take a walking tour and check off the main sights like the green-domed Helsinki Cathedral. Built in the 19th-century, it crowns the city’s skyline as a tribute to Czar Nicholas I. Stroll across to the National Museum of Finland for an in-depth dive into Finland’s history dating all the way back to the Stone Age. Swap museums for markets as you venture to market square where souvenir shops are woven between local food stands offering fresh produce. It’s located near the harbor, which sits on the coast of the Baltic Sea and is a great place to people-watch.

Escape the city center and ferry across the bay to the island fortress of Suomenlinna. Explore the old bunkers, crumbling fortress walls and cannons of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside Finland’s only remaining WWII submarine then find a grassy picnic spot from which to observe the huge Baltic ferries as they navigate the narrow passages between the islands as they enter the harbor.