Top Choice Historic Site in Porvoo

Vanha Porvoo

One of Finland's most enticing old quarters, this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses is still entrancing. Once a vibrant port and market, Porvoo now has craft boutiques, art galleries, souvenir stores an…
Top Choice Castle in Kemi


Of all the marvels under the big sky, few things conjure the fairy-tale romance of a snow castle. First built in 1996 as a Unicef project, the castle is a Lapland winter highlight and favoured destination for weddin…
Top Choice Gallery in Tampere & Häme


Once the studio of renowned sculptor Emil Wickström (1864–1942), Visavuori has a stunning situation on a ridge with water on both sides. It consists of three houses, the oldest of which was the home of Wickström, bu…
Top Choice Zoo in Kuusamo

Kuusamon Suurpetokeskus

There’s a great backstory to this bear sanctuary 33km south of Kuusamo on the Kajaani road. Rescued as helpless orphans, the bears were nursed by their ‘father’ Sulo Karjalainen, who then refused to have them put do…
Top Choice Cathedral in Porvoo


Porvoo’s historic stone-and-timber cathedral sits atop a hill looking over the quaint Old Town. This is where the first Diet of Finland assembled in 1809, convened by Tsar Alexander I, giving Finland religious freed…
Church in Ilomantsi

Lutheran Church

When the Swedes took the area they sought to convert the Orthodox population by building this gigantic Lutheran church in 1796. It’s also known as the Church of a Hundred Angels for its colourful and comprehensive w…
Convent in The Finnish Lakeland

Lintula Convent

Finland’s only Orthodox convent, Lintula is very quiet. It’s serene and that is well worth the short detour, and it’s only open to visitors outside of summer by appointment.
Museum in Pori

Satakunta Museum

Fascinating exhibits at this well laid-out museum range from intact Viking skis to a display showing how a handbag’s contents have changed over the centuries, as well as regional customs and traditions traced throug…
Nature Centre in Hetta


This nature centre at the eastern end of town provides information about Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and the Enontekiö region. There’s a smart exhibition on the Sámi and their nomadic history, lots of audiovis…
Museum in Around Helsinki


This fantastic hands-on science centre, Imax theatre and planetarium is next to the Tikkurila train station in Vantaa, a satellite suburb of Helsinki.