9 Things to Do and See in Finland
Finland spans across 338,000 km2 yet it has a population of less than 6 million. In spite of this, it hides many surprises, many national treasures, distinctive locations that can’t be found anywhere else. On the right, it has Russia, and on the left, there’s Sweden, and believe it or not, its northern neighbours Norway!
Here, we’re going to show you 9 things, places you should visit, and what you should do once you get there. Just a reminder, it’s a big country, so if you plan on visiting all of them, you better not have a tight schedule. Also, it’s densely populated in the south, making the rest of the country appear uninhabited so to speak. Rest assured, people will know whether you’re a tourist or not.
So, buckle up, and let’s see the 9 things that caught our attention!
1. Rent out a Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
It goes without saying that you should prepare for some extremely low temperatures if you’re visiting Finland during late autumn, or during the winter. Nevertheless, sub-zero temperatures are not a problem, at least not if you rent out an igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Note, there’s the Arctic in there. Yes, you’re that close to the North Pole. Not quite there, but it’s probably the most northern location you’ve ever visited unless you’re from Canada or Alaska.
The accommodation and the activities which are available to visitors are not as expensive as we assumed. Then again, people have different budgets. You can book online, fast and easy. A night in an igloo sounds exciting! Just prepare well, with some warm clothes. Do not worry about food and beverages, that’s covered in the arrangement.
2. Visit Kruunuvuori in Helsinki
It’s a long way from the Arctic circle to Helsinki. You can do it by train, bus or by plane. In case you’re doing it by bus or by train, make sure you stack that smartphone battery of yours. Get a power bank if possible. It will be your only entertainment, besides the sights, you will be passing by. While we’re at it, do you know that online gambling is legal in Finland? If you’re into casino games, there is possible to find the best Finland online casino. Then again, if you’re not into gaming, there’s always YouTube, or a book will do just fine.
Why is Kruunuvouri important? Well, once it was a destination, home of the rich. Now, things don’t look so luxurious to us. We’re pretty sure you’ll share the same opinion.
3. Lake Bodom – Espoo
Unless you’re a metalhead, you’ve probably never heard of Bodom, let alone the Lake of Bodom. First and foremost, Bodom is located near Espoo. Second, there’s a popular melodic metal band called Children of Bodom. Yes, the guys are from Espoo as well.
So what’s the big deal with the lake?
Tragedy struck in the 1960s. 3 teenagers were murdered near the Lake of Bodom. The murderer, whoever he or she was, was never caught. He’s not a serial killer, though he did kill 4 teenagers. The truth was never revealed. Things took a turn 40 years later, when the fourth teenager, who by the way managed to escape, was declared suspect. The results of the official police investigation changed, declaring it SOLVED. It is an eerie story. If you have the stomach for it, visit the mysterious Lake Bodom.
4. The SnowCastle – Kemi
Here’s something cheerful for a change, an entire castle made out of snow and ice. Not only the castle, but all amenities are built out of snow and ice as well. This snow castle is open between January and April every year. If you’re planning on visiting Finland during the winter, we highly recommend visiting the Snow Castle in Kemi. Now, the packages can be extremely expensive, based on the Villa you’re going to choose. Yes, there are entire accommodation blocks. Note again, the accommodation has a hefty price tag.
5. The Womb of Mother Earth (Högberget Cave) – Kirkkonummi
Here’s a peculiar sight you must see if you’re visiting Helsinki. As the name suggests, it’s a cave, and it resembles a place we’ve all seen, or gotten out of. We don’t want to use any words that might upset some of our younger visitors. Let’s just say that you’ll get the idea from the image we’ve provided.
6. Visit the Pohjola Insurance Building – Helsinki
First and foremost, it’s exactly what you think it is. It was built in 1891, and it’s an architectural masterpiece which still attracts thousands of tourists each year. Initially, it belonged to a company which was selling fire insurance. It also had flats on the top 3 three floors. However, the entire building was acquired by a Finnish bank in 1972. It’s a piece of architecture which is currently owned by the Nordea.
Note, don’t go too much out of your way to see it, yet we feel it’s worth checking it out. For what it’s worth, if you’re in Helsinki already, make sure you take a photo or two in front of the main entrance of the Pohjola Insurance Building.
7. Oranki Art – Pello, Lapland
How about an art exhibition? Or even better, how about an art exhibition in nature? These art pieces go beyond paintings. It’s safe to call it a 3D art exhibition. Artists from the hole of Finland and other foreign countries gather here to create and put their pieces of art on display for anyone willing to see them. Some of them are creepy, others are just beautiful, but there are those that are straight out weird. The only way to check them out in full is to… You guessed it, to visit Pello.
8. Look for Amethysts at the Lampivaara Mine
We go a bit south-east from Pello, to a place called Lampivaara just south of Sodankyla. Visitors are welcome to come and dig out their own Amethysts. It sure sounds strange, somebody inviting you to exploit their own mine. Why is this? Well, the mine has enough Amethyst to sustain it for hundreds of years.
These gems were created 2,000 million years ago. Not only are they the perfect souvenir to take back home with you, for your friends and family. You can’t buy them in your local store. You’ve dug them out yourself! Not only it says “look I thought of you while I was on the other end of the globe, and it’s a piece which has been there for millions of years”.
9. See the Northern Lights
We kept the best for last. The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. Due to its location, you can actually see the Northern Lights if you’re in Finland, but if you’re in the North. We already listed a handful of sights worth visiting that are in the north. While you’re there, and especially if you go between September and March, make sure you stay up late at least once! The Northern Lights are visible literally every other night. However, we’re talking about Lapland in particular. In Finland in general, you can see the Northern Lights roughly 10 to 20 days per year. It’s not all that bad, but you’re going to visit Lapland and spend a night in an igloo! There are tons of travel arrangements for this particular purpose.