Helsinki) is a sea-town par excellence and an exciting, dynamic place.
Turku & The South Coast
The southern coast of Finland extends west and east from Helsinki in two roughly equal stretches: one ending in a finger of land jutting into the Baltic towards Sweden, the other coming up short at the Russian border.
Extending hundreds of kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Lapland) is Finland’s true wilderness.
Tampere & Häme
The Republic of Karelia) stretches from not far north of St Petersburg to the Arctic Circle - more than half of it is forest, and fully a quarter is water, including nearly all of Lake Onega and half of Lake Ladoga, the two largest lakes in Europe.
If you’re looking for quintessential summertime Finland, this is it.
Oulu, Kainuu & Koillismaa
Little known beyond the Baltic, this sweeping archipelago is a curious geopolitical entity that belongs to Finland, speaks Swedish, but has its own parliament, flies its own flag proudly from every pole, and issues its own national stamps.
The south coast is absolutely packed with characterful little towns.
Scenic Tampere), set between two vast lakes, has a down-to-earth vitality that makes it a Finland) favourite for many visitors.
The historic castle and cathedral point to the city’s rich cultural history when it was capital; but contemporary Turku, a European Capital of Culture in 2011, fizzes with museums, experimental art and a hectic festival calendar.
West of Helsinki
To the west of Finland)’s capital are a scattering of pretty lakeside and coastal towns and villages.
Mainland Åland & Around
The archipelago has several large islands that form the core of Åland).
Though no longer a province, this region of southern central Finland, also known as Tavastia, has historically been an important one.
Prosperous Oulu (Swedish: Uleåborg)) is one of Finland)’s most enjoyable cities to visit.