Helsinki's Lutheran Cathedral
The impressive green-domed Lutheran Cathedral(Tuomiokirkko in Finnish) dominates Senate Square and the skyline of Helsinki.The beautiful and historically significant Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelic Lutheran church, and for many it is the symbol of Helsinki. The church was designed by architect Carl Ludwig Engel in the 19th century as part of the Empire-style-downtown Helsinki area. Lohrmann added the zinc statues of the twelve apostles on the roof, a bell tower, and a side chapel to Engel's design.The cathedral was completed in 1852.
The cathedral was built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia, and was called St. Nicholas' Church until the independence of Finland in 1917. In 1959, it became a cathedral of the Evangelical Lutheran denomination.
Both the Lutheran Cathedral and Senate Square are a rather severe interpretation of the neoclassical style.
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Finland is deep north: vast horizons of forests and lakes with revitalising crisp air plus cutting edge urbanity. Choose summer's endless light or winter's frozen magic. Finland has it all. From the incredible scattering of islands in Europe's largest archipelago, to the hilly countryside of Lapland, the landscape of Finland is a pristine paradise for nature lovers. With midnight sun in the summer, and the ephemeral allure of the Aurora Borealis in the northern winter, Finland possesses a wealth of rare beauty, a truly distinctive ambience. Modern Finland combines the natural gifts bestowed upon the land with modern technologies allowing it to be easily discovered. An ideal destination for travellers looking for something different, the rewards for Discovering Finland are endless.
Capital - Helsinki
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The Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus is the most famous inhabitant of Lapland which is known as ‘Europe’s Christmas Capital’
The Santa Claus village is located just 9 km from Rovaniemi, right on the Arctic Circle. Here you can visit Father Christmas any day of the year.
Whatever time of the year you choose to visit, you will find Santa in his office and have the chance to surprise your loved ones with a special Christmas greeting to be delivered from Santa's very own post office, just in time for the next Christmas!
Santa Claus village and Santa Park in Finland will raise your Christmas spirit once you visit Santa themed park, where you can watch for yourself how all those elves made presents for kids from all around the world and ride in Santa’s sleigh with real reindeers.
Santa Park is an underground amusement park and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rovaniemi.
Guests at Santa Park will be delighted with all kinds of elf shows and workshops, entertaining sleigh rides, an ice bar, stunning ice galleries, shopping, a special Christmas carousel, and many other fascinating attractions and activities.
Finnish Lapland is the largest, most genuine and a truly phenomenal corner of the world. Its unique nature, diverse activities and fascinating attractions offer unique holiday experiences throughout the year. Experience the moments of twilight in mid-winter, northern lights, autumn colours and the midnight sun that shines day and night. You can sleep in an igloo, ride on reindeer sleighs, play with husky dogs, tobogganed down ice slides, walk on a frozen ocean, marvel at the elusive Northern Lights, and even float in water with icebergs for
company. Everything gives a surreal beauty to Finnish Lapland. The air is clear (no pollution here!), water is sugary sweet, the sky sparkles with thousands of stars, and the snow-laden landscape seduces people into thinking this is paradise. It could well be!
Choose from a thrilling snowmobile safari where the emphasis is on driving and admiring the Lappish nature and breathtaking scenery. Some of the best ice fishing lakes can also be reached by snowmobiles where you can break the ice while your guide prepares an outdoor meal over the open fire.Perhaps though, one of the most exotic and memorable experiences is driving in the moonlight, under the starry Lappish sky in search of the Northern Lights.
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The glorious Åland archipelago is a geopolitical anomaly: the islands belong to Finland, Their ‘special relationship’ with the EU means they can sell duty free.The islands are Swedish-speaking but attached to Finland.
Group of around 7,000 islands, halfway between Finland and Sweden – is a Nordic holiday playground. Åland is the sunniest spot in northern Europe and its sweeping white-sand beaches and flat, scenic cycling routes attract crowds of holidaymakers during summer.
Visit one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. A trip to Åland through the small archipelago, with its historical sites and lovely coastlines, is something you will never forget. As a result of intensive conservation, visitor management and sustainable tourism development, the Archipelago National Park has received the coveted status of a certified PAN Park
The islands are full of possibilities for various outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, swimming and fishing. Rent a boat or a kayak or discover the island on foot. The islands wake up early in the spring when the tourists arrive. The center of the main island has much to offer tourists with several restaurants, pubs and cafés. Take a ferry to another island where you can explore nature, and enjoy the wide sea around you
The capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.The Capital of Finland offers amazing experience for visitors of all ages. Helsinki is a compact city where most sights and attractions are within walking distance and getting around town is easy.
The city centre, especially around Senate Square, forms a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture.
The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain that there’s no shortage of natural presence.
A third of Helsinki is covered in green areas. Along with a score of sports grounds, they offer great possibilities for outdoor activities and relaxation. The large Central Park and its forests spread out just outside the city centre.
Art & Design
Helsinki has design and architecture coursing through its veins. Eliel Saarinen's epic Central Station greets you first, Steven Holl's Kiasma modern art gallery presents a shining steel curve balanced by the muted Nordic cool of the glass-and-copper Music Centre. Beside the wooded shores of Lake Toolo, Alvar Aalto's Finlandia concert hall stands proud, snowy white in autumn sun, and on the lake's northern tip, the pale Opera House is like giant stacked blocks of ice rising above the trees and water. Design infuses all Helsinki life with a sense of artistry. Coffee breaks are enlivened by striking Arabia ceramics. You potter through the "Design District" between Mannerheimintie and the little harbour at Hietalahti, spending rashly at dozens of places hawking old and new Finnish craftsmanship, in between dips into galleries and art dealers.
Food & Sauna
The City of Helsinki’s food culture strategy includes, for example, developing the markets, market halls and the Abattoir area, as well as promoting local food and urban farming, and an organic food programme for children.
Well-being, health, stress relief, mindfulness, all buzzwords for todays’ hectic lifestyle and the pressure we have to cope with on a daily basis. The Finns know how to do it and they’ve been doing it for centuries. Sauna is a cure for all kinds of ills, both mental and physical. Some of the better known public saunas in Helsinki give you a full-on experience of this Nordic tradition.
Baana is very interesting piece of city culture and highly recommended for all tourists in Helsinki. Baana is pedestrian and bike passage dividing city few meters down from street level. It`s not just a run-through. On the Ruoholahti end there is few activities such as ping-pong tables and basketball field.
If you’re looking for Santa, you’ve come to the right place. Finland is all about Christmas and the traditions that go with it. The first indication that this holiday is around the corner is the switching on of the Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu by the mayor of Helsinki accompanied by the Man Himself who has come to Helsinki on special dispensation from Lapland. The city is abuzz with markets selling Finnish design, handicrafts, mustard for the main course, and that wondrous hot warming drink called glögi, something like a spiced wine but more of a berry drink served with almonds and raisins and preferably a shot of vodka to liven it up.
The biggest market of all is the Helsinki Christmas Market at Senate Square where vendors from near and far sell their goods to shoppers looking for that special gift. Making the most of the season are the churches which are filled with concerts by some of the most renowned choirs in the country. A favourite is always Cantores Minores, a boys’ choir that’s been in existence since 1952.
The knock on the door gets everyone’s attention and it’s with great jocularity that the man with the red suit and white beards enters the home to make this day the happiest one in the lives of all children. He hands out gifts, poses for photos with kids on his lap, swigs down a warmer-upper and off he goes to his next port of call.
Helsinki is the main town in Finland where the economic, political and cultural lives of the country are focused. Tourism and recreation in Helsinki is very developed. You may always plan and implement a trip to the capital of Finland. Helsinki today is not just the legal capital of the country, but also the center of intellectual and scientific life in Finland. The city concentrates most of the leading enterprises and firms of the country and it is located in the fork of transport networks in Finland, but despite this, Helsinki is a relatively unpolluted city.
The city changes its style depending on the season and it gets a special attraction during summer.