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Top Choice Architecture in Pori

Villa Mairea

This fantastic villa is considered one of the 20th century's architectural masterpieces and the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto's career. It is the former home of industrialists Harry and Maire Gullichsen, who were avid art…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Rauma

Sammallahdenmäki

The Unesco World Heritage–listed Bronze Age burial complex Sammallahdenmäki dates back more than 3500 years. Thirty-six stone burial cairns of different shapes and sizes are spread over a kilometre of forest. The tw…
Top Choice Church in Seinäjoki

Lakeuden Risti Kirkko

Alvar Aalto’s crowning achievement, Lakeuden Risti Church, is recognisable by its oddly secular steeple–clock tower (built with funds from a voluntary church tax, by the way). You’ll get a great perspective on the A…
Top Choice Seafood in Kalajoki

Lohilaakso

Smoked salmon and whitefish – served in salads or on platters – is the speciality of this stocked salmon-fishing pond and smokery. If you rent a rod (€5) and catch your own, they will smoke it (€5) and serve it whol…
Top Choice Music in Pori

Pori Jazz Festival

Established in 1966, the Pori Jazz Festival is one of Finland’s biggest summer events, attracting international names in jazz, blues, funk and Latin rhythms, as well as 150,000 listeners each summer. More than 100 c…
Top Choice Finnish in Seinäjoki

Juurella

Juurella's award-winning chefs use seasonal local organic produce, with results that are nothing short of a masterpiece on a plate. These culinary inventions – such as beef with juniper-berry sausage or forest-mushr…
Top Choice Museum in Finland's West Coast

Nanoq Arctic Museum

About 8km west of Jakobstad, this gem of a museum is the private achievement of Pentti Kronqvist, who has made several expeditions to study the indigenous cultures of the Arctic. Surrounded by forest, the open-air m…
Top Choice Finnish in Närpes

Linds Kök

Dine amid mandarin and lime trees, strawberries, herbs and tomatoes growing inside this lush greenhouse, 10km southeast of Närpes. Fresh-as-it-gets Finnish specialities include creamy tomato soup, fried Arctic char …
Top Choice Finnish in Finland's West Coast

Café Fäboda

On a picturesque rocky perch overlooking the beach, this breezy spot is the best place to dine for miles around. Specialities include gourmet cheeseburgers on brioche buns, freshly caught whitefish with white wine–b…
Top Choice Finnish in Vaasa

Gustav Wasa

A former coal cellar is home to one of Finland’s finest restaurants, with sublime seven-course tasting menus served in the intimate candlelit dining room. There's also a casual gastropub with wines by the glass and …