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Top Choice Fortress in Helsinki

Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna, the ‘fortress of Finland’, straddles a cluster of car-free islands connected by bridges. The Unesco World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th century. Several mu…
Top Choice Gallery in Mänttä

Serlachius Museum Gösta

Once the private home of Gösta Serlachius, this world-class art gallery is one of Finland's premier cultural attractions. Situated 2km east of Mänttä's town centre in an exquisitely maintained garden, it comprises t…
Top Choice National Park in Hossa

Hossa National Park

Founded in 2017 to commemorate Finland's centenary of independence, the country's 40th national park stretches over 11,000 hectares of glittering lakes and dense forests. Highlights include Julma Ölkky, a 3km-long l…
Top Choice Bistro in Kamppi & Töölö

Grön

Seasonal, often foraged ingredients are used in this exceptional bistro's plant, fish or meat starters and mains, and wild, plant or dairy desserts. Stunning plates might include pike-perch with charred leek parsley…
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 Finnish in Kruununhaka & Katajanokka

Olo

At the forefront of new Suomi cuisine, Michelin-starred Olo occupies a handsome 19th-century harbourside mansion. Its memorable degustation menus incorporate both the forage ethos and molecular gastronomy, and featu…
Top Choice Desserts in Porvoo

Cafe Postres

Tantalise your sweet tooth at this delightful dessert cafe, brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Samuli Wirgentius. Take your pick from rich, creamy gelato and to-die-for desserts, or sample the savoury open-face smø…
Top Choice Ruins in Sund

Bomarsund Fästningsruin

Following the war of 1808–09, Russia began building this major military structure as its westernmost defence against the Swedes. The fortress was still incomplete when the Crimean War began in 1854, and a French-Bri…
Top Choice Museum in Inari

Siida

One of Finland's most absorbing museums, state-of-the-art Siida offers a comprehensive overview of the Sámi and their environment. The main exhibition hall consists of a fabulous nature exhibition around the edge, d…
Top Choice Notable Building in Jyväskylä

Säynätsalon Kunnantalo

One of Aalto's most admired works, this town hall was conceived as a 'fortress of democracy' and constructed between 1949 and 1952. Its sturdy brick tower references the medieval palazzi communale (town halls) Aalto…