Finland is a country bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia in Northern Europe. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula in the Baltic Sea and its surrounding islands. The 18th-century Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, the trendy Architecture District and numerous museums are situated in Helsinki. You can see the Northern Lights from the Arctic Lapland province of the world, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
Until the 1950s, Finland remained mainly an agrarian nation. The country quickly industrialised and built an advanced economy after World War II, thus establishing a large welfare state based on the Nordic model, resulting in widespread prosperity and high per capita income. In 1955, Finland joined the United Nations and adopted an official neutrality policy. During the Cold War, the 1948 Finno-Soviet Treaty gave the Soviet Union some influence in Finnish domestic politics.
Finland is a northern European republic. Finland is one of the northernmost and most geographically isolated countries in the world and is prone to extreme weather conditions. Almost two-thirds of Finland is covered by thick woods, making it Europe's most densely forested region. The symbolic northern boundary between western and eastern Europe is also formed by Finland: the dense wilderness and Russia to the east, the Bothnian Gulf and Sweden to the west.
Finland occupies an area of 338,145 square kilometres, which makes it almost the size of Germany, or slightly smaller than Montana in the US. The landscape of the country offers a lot of national parks, mainly protected by coniferous taiga forests (78 percent), bogs and fens, scarcely cultivated land. Lakes , rivers and ponds occupy about 10 percent of its territory. Halti Mountain is Finland's highest point, at 1,324 m.
Suomenlinna Fortress : The 18th-century fort on Suomenlinna is one of the world's largest sea fortresses, a 15-minute ferry ride from Helsinki's Market Square (a mini-cruise that has lovely city views as a bonus attraction). You could easily fill a day with its sights and activities while here.
Kauppatori (Market Square) and Esplanadi: The harbour in Helsinki is an integral part of the city, overlooked by important landmarks. It's also a common meeting place, with local farmers, craftsmen, food producers and fishermen selling directly from their boats in the open-air market. Next to the vessels, you can catch the scent of salmon cooking over cedar planks and see a rainbow of glistening ripe berries or baskets of foraged forest mushrooms depending on the season.
More food vendors are located in the historic 1889 market hall, but the outdoor market is a year-round tradition, covered in the winter by tarps and tents.
The open swath of the Esplanadi extends from one side of the Market Square and is where the whole city tends to congregate on summer evenings. The tree-lined promenade is bordered by elegant buildings and the Kappeli Restaurant is housed in a pavilion whose terrace is particularly popular on summer evenings when concerts are held at the bandstand.
Rovaniemi and the Arctic : The Arctic Circle, right through the town of Rovaniemi, passes through northern Finland, pretending to be the Arctic Gateway. This means the famous Midnight Sun in the summertime. Throughout these 'White Nights', locals are out enjoying their great outdoors and welcome visitors to join them. The city is best known (ask any Finnish child) as the home of Santa Claus, right astride the Arctic Circle at Santa Claus Village. Rovaniemi is in the middle of a vast natural area of flowing rivers for canoeing, swimming, or fishing, with trails next to them for hiking and cycling. Here you can encounter reindeer or visit a farm with Sami reindeer.
Helsinki Churches : Churches are three of the top places to visit in Helsinki, two of which are cathedrals and the third is a symbol of modern architecture. Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, with its 13 green-topped spires culminating in gold cupolas, rises dramatically above the east side of the harbour. Helsinki 's large Russian community is served by the cathedral, and visitors are welcome.
Åland Archipelago : An autonomous archipelago between Sweden and Finland is the Åland Islands (or Åland). Åland, a mainly Swedish-speaking province of Finland, consists of a few big and almost 10,000 smaller islands. Åland has a special history. Sweden ceded it in 1809 to Russia. The islands were captured by a joint British / French fleet in 1854, destroying the fortress. Shipping and trade have always been the main industries of the islands, so the Maritime Museum, the Pommern Ship Museum, and the Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn are worth seeing to appreciate the interesting maritime past of the islands.
Finland beautiful places
Northern Lights : Seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. Probably the world's top country for seeing these blazing curtains of light draped across the sky is Finland. While the lights can often be seen even in the southernmost regions of the country, the area near or north of the Arctic Circle is the best place to see them.
Turku : On the Gulf of Bothnia, at the mouth of the Aurajoki River, lies the southwestern Finnish town of Turku, the country's oldest town and its capital until 1812. Turku is in the region where, in the 12th century, the heirs to the Swedish Vikings landed and set out to conquer what is now Finland.
Porvoo : The second oldest town in the country, Porvoo, is 48 kilometres east of Helsinki. It rises from a picturesque riverfront lined with small red wooden buildings to its hilltop mediaeval cathedral, through a charming tangle of old streets and ochre-colored wooden houses. The ornate 1764 pulpit and wall paintings from the 15th century are highlights here.
A market square with two museums worth visiting is between the river and the hilltop cathedral. One has exhibits on local history and the other, the Edelfelt-Vallgren Museum, which features the furniture, ceramics, and other works of several artists who established an art colony here at the turn of the 20th century, is of special interest to those who are intrigued by the Art Nouveau movement.
Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna : All of Finland's eastern portion is more maritime than land. Eastern Finland is a fabulous aquatic playground with literally tens of thousands of lakes , rivers, marshes, and wetlands. Lake Saimaa, the' lake of a thousand islands,' is the region's dominant lake. Lake Saimaa itself has an area of some 1,300 square kilometers, except its numerous islands.
Kerimäki lies east of Savonlinna and is the world's largest wooden church. A must if the boat cruises are in the lake area. There are boat trips from Savonlinna to the other towns on Lake Saimaa, to Punkaharju, to the monasteries of Uusi Valamo and Lintula with the Retretti Art Centre, the largest in the Nordic countries.
Vaasa : The old city's ruins are now a massive park (Vanha Vaasa, Gamla Vasa). The city is around 34% Swedish-speaking and maintains many Swedish links. The broad market place is the hub of city life, surrounded by a wide variety of cafés, restaurants , and shops. This peaceful city offers plenty of sights. Visitors can walk along the coastline, which starts in front of the town and continues along the coast for miles.
A number of notable cultural activities are also held in Vaasa, including the Night of the Arts; the Korsholm Music Festival, one of the most prestigious festivals of chamber music; and the Vaasa Choir Festival. Vaasa claims to be the sunniest town in all of Finland, so on one of the many beaches, soak up some rays.
Departing from Chennai airport.
On Arrival to Helsinki airport.
Pickup from Airport transfer to hotel
Hotel check In & refreshment
Visit Helsinki, You can drive to Helsinki city centre
Return to your hotel, overnight.
After Breakfast at Hotel.
Then proceed to Visit Hämeen Linna – the Häme Castle in English, a medieval castle where the whole city gets its name from. The Häme Castle and its redbrick barracks are on the shore of Lake Vanajavesi and it is believed to have been built at the end of the 13th century as a residence for mighty nobles.
Your next destination will be Tampere, Finland’s third largest city and the largest inland city in Scandinavia.
In the evening we suggest a short walk to admire the Tammerkoski rapids, the old industrial buildings from the city’s past and the lively city center.
Tampere has many nice restaurants for dinner.
Overnight in a hotel.
Feel the sunrise & had breakfast for the refreshment.
starting your day driving to Pyynikki and Pispala. Pyynikki, one of the Tampere neighbourhoods, is home to a gorgeous pine tree forest on top of a ridge.
Continue your journey on foot west along the ridge and you’ll soon be in Pispala. With its narrow streets, beautifully restored wooden houses and magnificent views towards the two large lakes, Pispala is one of the most popular Sunday promenade destinations and residential areas. Protected by a building plan, the unique village-like neighbourhood is home to thousands of families.
After a refreshing walk, head back to your car and drive towards the Särkänniemi amusement park area, where you can visit Näsinneula, the second tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries.
The newest attraction of Tampere, the world’s only Moomin museum will be opened in June 2017. There is an unique collection of Tove Jansson works exhibited in a modern, multi-sensory way.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Museum Centre Vapriikki (closed on Mondays), located inside an old red brick factory building right by the rapids of Tammerkoski.
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas is based in the historical Finlayson cotton mill area in the heart of Tampere.
Cocktail dinner based on your preference.
Overnight in hotel.
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel.
After check out, head to Iittala, 60 kilometres from Tampere towards Helsinki. The story of Iittala began in 1881 when a glass factory was founded in the village of Iittala.
You can visit The Iittala Glass Museum, Iittala Outlet and other shops.
After Lunch, Finnish and stop in a local gas station complex along your way to Helsinki.
After lunch, head towards the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(As per required)
English Speaking Guide *
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer