The Kiasma is a contemporary art museum in Helsinki that is part of the Finnish National Gallery. Housed in a modern metallic building, it boasts an excellent collection of Finnish and international artworks. The building also contains a performing arts theatre and a popular café, and is bordered by green areas where you can soak up the summer sun.
Delve deep into Finnish culture and go to the Artikium Science Museum. With exhibitions on everything from lifestyles in the world’s most northern regions, to glacial changes in the Arctic, this museum is a must for anyone looking to gain an insight into life in Finland (and other northern Scandinavian countries).
This vast fortress in Helsinki was originally built by the Swedes but later passed into Russian occupation. In 1918, it was finally reclaimed by the Finnish after they achieved independence from Russia. Today, this impressive site houses museums, former bunkers, a World War Two submarine and plentiful picnic spots boasting fantastic views.
Indulge in some excellent retail therapy across the capital, or if you’re seeking the best fashion, art, and home furnishing, go to the neighbourhoods of Punavuori and Kamppi. For souvenirs, arts & crafts, and delicious local specialities, Market Square is the place to be. In the winter months, you can stay warm in the heated café tents.
Situated in Lapland along the Russian border, this vast area of protected wilderness is the ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Home to reindeer, bears and golden eagles, the park is warm and bright in the summer months and marked with plenty of clear trails, making it the perfect place for a hiking getaway.