Finland is a North European country direct connected to the Baltic Sea by the Botnic Bay West and Finic Bay in South.
Finland has a mild climate comparing with other world regions situated in the same northern area. In January the average temperature is of 14 – 18 ºC due to Gulf Stream, a hot oceanic current.
During the winter, especially in the North, the sky is covered by the wonderful Aurora Borealis called too, “The North’s Lights”.
Due to its magnificent landscape Finland is an interesting holiday destination.
It has a spectacular colour during the winter when it becomes a real story. Winter sports are tradition here: they say that the Finishes are born with the skates on their feet. No wonder that in Finland there are a lot of ski slopes of different categories, modern equipped and lighted all the night.
If you plan a holiday in Finland, pay attention also to its interesting cities:
It is considered the economic capital of Scandinavia due to the presence of numerous international companies such as: Nokia, Lapland Jewellery and in the same time it is a nice city where the urban culture, the modernism and the tradition are very well combined.
Helsinki was initially a fishing city and was modernised in 1812. They asked to Carl Engel – a German architect to realise a new plan of the city. This proved to be an inspirited idea, because today the most important buildings of the city are designed by him. One of them is Tuomionkirkko Cathedral, a mix of Gothic Renaissance and Orthodox Russian church, even if today it is a Lutheran Church.
» Sights to see in Helsinki:
– Keskuspuisto Park, Kaivopuisto Park, Toolonlahti Park, Parliament House (Eduskunta), Senate Square, Seurasaari, Esplanadin puisto Park, Korkeasaari, Creation Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, Finlandia Hall
This city with approximately 30.000 of inhabitants is situated in lakes region.
It was built on three distinct islands gathered by bridges.
Its strong points are the wonderful landscape and the Castle St. Olaf.
The fortress was built in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott. The assembly consists of a main castle with three towers and a ditch with protection walls and watching towers.
The castle rebuilt many times is one of Finland attraction with a restaurant and many halls for festive events inside. Every year, in July, takes place here the Savonlinna Opera festival and in June the Savonlinna Ballet Festival.
» Espoo is the second city of the country, as size with a original urban structure. It is divided in five distinct centres each of size of a Finnish usual city. It has good transportation network, a national park – Nuuksio and many shops and restaurants. The most famous district is Tapiola, a real garden city. Situated at a small distance of Helsinki, Espoo houses many museums and festivals.
Gold fever attracted numerous adventures in this city by the beginning of XIX century and this led to a rapid economic increase and the city became the Lapland capital. The modern buildings are surrounded by a wild artic superb region. Rovaniemi is a university centre with some museums and a area for ski and trips. The town was completely destroyed during the Second World War and entirely rebuilt. The willing ones can visit Ranua, with a Zoo and Santa Park.
One of the oldest cities of the country, Porvo is a flourishing city with modern buildings, a medieval centre, narrow streets and red coloured stores. In this town is the Museum Johan Ludvig Runeberg dedicated to the national Finnish poet.
Tampere is the largest continental city of northern countries based in 1779 in one of the most beautiful area of Island. It was in XIX century the most important industrial centre of the country.
Nowadays those industrial zones were refurbished and updated and operate at maximum capacity.
There are too, small restaurants, sport and fitness halls, the museum Vapriikki and Central museum of Work.
Tampere is an university and cultural centre of Finland. Important tourist attractions are: Central Square (Pyynikki Ridge), the Cathedral (Pispala), Observing Tower Pyynikki and Nasinneula.