Attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki

Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna, the ‘fortress of Finland’, is set on a cluster of islands connected by bridges. The UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th century. Several museums, fo…
Top Choice Museum in Inari

Siida

One of Finland's finest museums, Siida offers a comprehensive overview of the Sámi and their environment. The main exhibition hall consists of a fabulous nature exhibition around the edge, detailing northern Lapland…
Top Choice Castle in Turku

Turun Linna

Founded in 1280 at the mouth of the Aurajoki, mammoth Turku Castle is easily Finland’s largest. Highlights include two dungeons and sumptuous banqueting halls, as well as a fascinating historical museum of medieval …
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre

Ateneum

Occupying an 1887 building, Finland’s premier art gallery offers a crash course in the nation’s art. The top floor houses Finnish paintings and sculptures from the ‘golden age’ of the late 19th century through to th…
Top Choice Museum in Helsinki

Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo

Situated 5.5km northwest of the city centre, this excellent island-set museum has a collection of historic wooden buildings transferred here from around Finland. There's everything from haylofts to a mansion, parson…
Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi

Arktikum

With its beautifully designed glass tunnel stretching out to the Ounasjoki, this is one of Finland’s finest museums. One half deals with Lapland, with information on Sámi culture and the history of Rovaniemi; the ot…
Top Choice Castle in Savonlinna

Olavinlinna

Built directly on a rock in the middle of the lake (reached by bridges), this heavily restored 15th-century fortification is also the stunning venue for July's month-long Savonlinna Opera Festival. To visit the uppe…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre

Kiasma

Now one of a series of elegant contemporary buildings in this part of town, curvaceous and quirky metallic Kiasma, designed by Steven Holl and finished in 1998, is a symbol of the city’s modernisation. It exhibits a…
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Art and archaeology unite here under one roof. Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) draws you underground to Turku’s medieval streets, showcasing some of the 37,000 artefacts unearthed from the site (digs still continue). Back in…
Top Choice Church in Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

Tuomiokirkko

One of CL Engel’s finest creations, the chalk-white neoclassical Lutheran cathedral presides over Senaatintori. Created to serve as a reminder of God’s supremacy, its high flight of stairs is now a popular meeting p…