Finland is a country in the European Union and a highly industrialized region in the continent. Recognized as one of the few nations to have the safest, cleanest and highest standards of living, Finland has accrued many accolades and international praise becoming an important juncture for top foreign investments. But what makes it unique lies in the equally breath taking scenic beauty that encompasses most of the mainland of the Nordic country which has paved the way for tourists to visit the place. The countless lakes that are laid out through the land have earned it its popular designation.
This article will chronicle some of the fascinating tourist locations in the country and everything else a sightseer can do on a visit here.
The Finnish Haven
Among the first terrains in the country to be visited by globetrotters, the Koli National Park is an unco appealing area in Finland. The park with its scores of water bodies, hills and woodlands is so captivating that many of its picturesque sceneries have been used in portraits and paintings worldwide to adorn museums and art galleries.
However, natural landscapes are not the only features that evoke epiphany. The park also has 2 ski resorts and man-made pathways for the convenience of the passers-by. The ski resorts are designed in such a way to cater the needs of both amateurs and professionals.
The older generation will find tranquility in the temple located on the adjoining hill. Whether it is to meditate or pray before the crucifix fitted on the vast ground, this harbinger of peace on the peak Akka Koli is archetypal and has been found to be relatively quieter than the nearby surroundings.
The burgeoning capital
Helsinki is the heart of commerce and finance of the country. It is also the most populous city of the nation where more than 25 % of the people reside. However this doesn’t limit it to a centre for politics and research for that matter. Helsinki houses many exemplary cultural establishments that corroborate the city’s importance.
The homeland has undergone a myriad of changes whether it is political, cultural or financial, ever since the beginning of the ages. The National Museum of Finland at Helsinki depicts precisely this. One of the oldest and the most elaborate museums in Finland, the structure showcases items ranging from coins and miniatures to paintings and sculptures. The displays are divided into sections that intertwine to tell us the story of Finland. The nation has undergone significant reformations due to the rules and ordinances proposed by the successive rulers spanning from the 12th to the 17th century. This is expounded by the ‘realm’ zone. ‘A land and its people’ portrays the developmental changes that transformed the Finnish culture between the 12th and the 15th centuries. Bearing evidence to the rich history of the country are the items held at the ‘Treasure trove’. Weapons, statues, ornaments and portraits are some of the holdings to name a few that will confound any history enthusiast. The ‘Suomi Finland 1900′ shows the important modern day changes in Finland during the 19th and 20th centuries. To top it all there is an auditorium for hosting shows and a cafeteria to cater the needs of the customers.
The fons et origo of Father Christmas
Finland is best known for being the abode of one of the most celebrated mythical figures in the world, Santa Claus. Legend has it that Santa Claus resides in the capital of the Finnish Lapland Rovaniemi at a village near the Arctic Circle. The Santa Claus Village in the city is popular among tourists, mainly children. Every year people flock in numbers to this place which has a plethora of attraction sites that narrates the myths of the ancient figure. Whether it be the Santa post office for posting letters or the Santa Park where children can delve into the can obtain exclusive souvenirs and information brochures or the numerous cafeterias spread thought the region, customers will find a variety of entertainment here apart from meeting the man himself at the Santa Claus office.
An Arctic menagerie
Ever fancied watching the creatures of the North Pole? Housing about 50 exotic breed of Arctic animals, the Ranua wildlife park is also a routine drop by for tourists where more than 200 animals including polar bears and lynxes are reared and customers will encounter a unique expedition of their own.
The light of our life
A dazzling phenomenon with an array of bright shining light in a fusion of vivid colours, the northern lights in Lapland is a spectacle that cannot be described by words alone. Between the months of September and March the event occurs from time to time over each night of the period. There are valid scientific explanations for the occurrence of the these lights, also referred to as ‘revonyulet’ in Finnish meaning fox fire with past credence believing that its origin owes to the sweeping of a fox’s tail.
Rauma is one of the oldest towns in Finland and represents its traditional culture during the past centuries. The nucleus of attention is however in the old wooden town hall centre and the unique seafaring and lacework activities indigenous to the town. The central town hall is one of the largest collective town centres made of wood. The 600 odd buildings in the town are testament of wooden architecture in the northern hemisphere. The grace and the sui generis nature of the site have enabled it to be nominated for the United Nations World Heritage program. The Rauma harbour is one of the first in Finland and the oldest till date. Visitors frequent the Rauma lace week conducted in the town where a wide consortium of laces is put in exhibition.
Helsinki was a coveted target for many, especially the Russians in the past days. Hence as a measure to protect themselves, construction of defensive structures was the norm of the day. This led to the raising of fortresses around the south west corner of the nation. The Suomenlinna fortress is a military stronghold build on six islands close to Helsinki to safeguard the city from invasion. The entire length of the confining enclosure covers 6 kilometres in length. The structure is known for the unique combative style of building highlighting the construction technique of that time. The fortress is the largest maritime fortress ever built with approximately 200 rooms. The spot has become an emerging tourist point with people using the location for excursions and picture sessions.
This is but a mere pandect of the activities and locations in Finland’s tourist belt. The above account divulges just some of the many reasons why Finland will always be the apple of visitors’ eye around the world.