Finland Things to Do

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Finland Things to Do

  • Kauppatori (Market Square & Market Hall)

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Town hall Next to the Market square this is a good restroom spot and they have several fast terminals with free WiFi. Great for us as Internet was 12 euro. Beside making use of the facilities , they have some very interesting art/ photography on display.

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  • Pyynikki park & tower

    Tampere Things to Do

    Although not so popular as Nasi park (near Nasijarvi lake) which is always full of tourists we loved Pyynikki park. It’s located next to Lake Pyhajarvi, a lovely peaceful area full of trees that seems to be more popular among locals. It was created in 1830s. People come here for relaxing walks along the numerous paths, jogging etc We went down to...

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  • Suomenlinna Island & Fortress

    Helsinki Things to Do

    It was Monday and most museums were closed so we decided to take the ferry from Market Square and visit Suomenlinna island (it is actually a group of small islands). It was high on our list anyway. The ferry ride was quick (15’ ride) and surprisingly not very crowded, you just need a regular bus ticket. We got out a bit confused of what to do but...

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  • Särkänniemi Amusement Park

    Tampere Things to Do

    There are many parks in Tampere, we preferred walking around Pyynikki with the old tower but it seems most visitors prefer Sarkanniemi which is a modern and definitely much more commercial with numerous facilities, a typical amusement park with rides for children (they’ll love the Angry Birds section), roller coasters, water rides, a small zoo, an...

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  • Tuomiokirkko (The Lutheran Cathedral)

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Lutheran Cathedral It is worth to walk to Senate Square just to see this Cathedral . Finished in 1852 ,It's green dome and 12 apostles look over the square. it is quite simple inside , unlike the Catholic chase deals we are more familiar with. We are sure to take pictures from every side.

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  • Tuomiokirkko

    Tampere Things to Do

    Tampere Cathedral, one of the city's best-known sites, aroused vehement debates when it was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. The daring paintings by famous Finnish artist Hugo Simberg (See my travelogue), inside the church, caused controversy with visions of snakes, naked boys and skeletons. Of course, this has made the building...

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  • Uspenski Orthodox Church

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Uspenski Cathedral This red brick Finnish Orthodox ,church with golden onion domes is quite a sight perched high on a hill above the harbour.It was a bit of a climb...good for burning calaries ... Ahh...closed on Mondays.Its OK we might try again tomorrow , either way , a nice look over the harbour and market square from the church grounds. This...

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  • Moominvalley

    Tampere Things to Do

    Some say that this is Tampere’s most popular attraction. Indeed, Moominvally has attracted a wide range of visitors from families with kids, to Asian girls who come because of Moomin’s cutenes and of course many grown-ups who just want to go through a memory of childhood. Even if you are not familiar with Tova Jansson’s figures, there is something...

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  • Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Temppeliaukio Church ( rock church) We are still feeling energetic after lunch so decide to walk here from the market square.It turns out to be a bit more of a hike than I anticipated with much of it being uphill...so I am pretty tired when we arrive. The church is really unusual , built right into the rock hill. it is round with high circular...

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  • Näsinneula (Observation Tower)

    Tampere Things to Do

    You must see the tower when in Tamprere. So, take a trip to tower and you understand where Tampere is located and why we Finns love our lakes. I love lake Näsijärvi (someone loves lake Pyhäjärvi too, but I don't know any). There are tree lights on the top of the tower, those are weather signs: 3 yellow = beautiful 2 yellow = half cloudy 1 yellow...

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  • Linnanmaki Amusement Park

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Linnanmäki Amusement Park: fairground amusements, the big ferris wheel, the roller coaster, lots of other rides, the toy and play museum, restaurants, Peacock Variety Theatre etc. Special: The first splash-type coaster in Scandinavia and Sea Life Helsinki (marine aquarium with hundreads of sea creatures, e.g. starfishes, jellyfishes, rays and...

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  • The Lenin Museum

    Tampere Things to Do

    This museum has mixed reviews and I really can understand why. The collection of the museum mostly consists mainly of publications by Lenin made during his time in Finland. As these are in Finnish or Russian, it is difficult to judge their value. Photographs are used to highlight Lenin’s time in Finland when he was preparing the revolution. It was...

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  • Esplanadi Boulevard

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Without a doubt, my favourite area of Helsinki was the Esplanadi. It is a beautiful stretch of two streets known as Pohjoisesplanadi (North Esplanade) and Eteläesplanadi (South Esplanade), separated by luscious greenery and a cute, little water fountain served by 2 open-mouthed seals (you'll see). The buildings that are found on the right hand side...

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  • Arboretum

    Tampere Things to Do

    If you are tired of the hussle in the city you can visit Hatanpää Arboretum (abt 2 km from teh centre). In its beautiful parks and view towards to Lake Pyhäjärvi and Pyynikki your soul definitely rests. You can have a picnic in the park or sip coffee in the summer café.

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  • Korkeasaari (Helsinki Zoo)

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Korkeasaari is the Finnish name of Helsinki Zoo. It's situated on a beautiful island in Helsinki. You reach it either with walking over a bridge or by ferry from Helsinki Market Square. The Zoo is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the nature and animals and have picknick with friends. It's awesome to walk around with friends as well as family. The...

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  • Tampere Orthodox Church

    Tampere Things to Do

    I am an orthodox, so this church is close to me. My roots are from very east, so I have lived in close relationship with Cristian doctrine and orthodoxy. There is an icon in the corner of my living room and candles are almost always burning. Tampere Orthodox Church was designed by T.U. Jazykov, and was built in 1896-1899. It is also known as St....

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  • Olympic stadium

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Helsinki olympic Stadium was built in 1938 and in 1952 the Olympic games were hold there. Helsinki Olympic Stadium has been characterized as the world’s most beautiful Olympic Stadium. It is located very central in the city of Helsinki, so if you are there, take a tram or a bus (or walk) and go and have a look at it, it's definitely worth it! The...

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  • Vapriikki Museums

    Tampere Things to Do

    This place is probably considered as Tampere’s main museum, even if the Lenin Museum and the Moomin Valley are better known. Vapriikki is located on the former ground of the Tampella factory, once one of the most imprtant Finnish companies. It is now an exhibition building with many permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent include the...

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  • Finlandia Talo (Finlandia Hall)

    Helsinki Things to Do

    There are many other tips concerning this hall already. But did you know this? You can blame Mr. Alvar Aalto, the architect, for the deteriorating marble wall tiles. He absolutely insisted on having white Carrara marble which, unfortunately, does not last in the cold Finnish climate. The facade tiles were renovated because of curving and falling at...

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  • Pispala

    Tampere Things to Do

    More than 50 years this building has served arts. It's one of the oldest houses on the Pispala highway (it's only a street, but there are some streets called highways here in Tampere and this is one of those), build 1930's and from 1960's it was first an antic store and 1990's it was renovated to art store (or gallery) and finally the business was...

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  • Ateneum Art Museum

    Helsinki Things to Do

    Ateneum houses Finland’s National Gallery, with more than 17,000 works of classic art, any art lover will be satisfied here. It is housed in a building that was built in 1887 in neo-renaissance style. Although there are some international pieces (Van Gogh, Cezanne etc) the museum focus on Finnish Art including famous artists like Akseli...

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  • Amuri museum of workers' housing

    Tampere Things to Do

    Tampere was founded in 1779. Beginning in the mid 1800's heavy industrialisation brought many new inhabitants to the town. They needed somewhere to live and the burgesses had to give up their fields. These wooden houses were built then.

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  • National Museum

    Helsinki Things to Do

    The National Museum of Finland is a building with a with a tall spire which looks more like a church than a museum. It contains a permanent exhibition of Finnish life from prehistoric times to the present, divided into six departments on four floors. Here they are: 1. The Treasure Troves, 2. Prehistory of Finland, 3. The Realm, 4. A Land and its...

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  • Sara Hildén Art Museum

    Tampere Things to Do

    No visit to Tampere would be complete without a visit to see the Sara Hilden collection. It is the home to some 3300 works of modern art, from both Finnish and International artists. The collection offers an interesting overview of how modern art has developed over the last 50 years. The purpose building facility was designed by Tampere...

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  • Tallipiha - The Stable Yards

    Tampere Things to Do

    A collection of stables from the 19th century was refurbished and has becaome a popular market for sweets, handicrafts and other souvenirs. The atmosphere at this places depends a lot on the season and time. I heard that the Christmas market here is very good, but at the time I was there (around closing time at late summer), I didn’t see something...

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  • Tampere City Library

    Tampere Things to Do

    This is one of the best places of Tampere. The main library is called Metso. There is a free Internet for everyone to use and Tampere has even their own Netti-Nysse which is a mobile Internet bus. It has started in the summer 2001 and has been a great success among people living in Tampere. In the main library Metso there's a music department and...

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  • Viikinsaari

    Tampere Things to Do

    VIIKINSAARI Viikinsaari Island on Lake Pyhäjärvi offers various summertime events and art courses. There is also a sauna and a restaurant and ecumenical chapel. Boats leave for the island from the Laukontori Square.

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  • Sauna in Tampere

    Tampere Things to Do

    One of most famous saunas in Finland. many celebritys have been here also, and it´s very popular for tourists. I don´t like public saunas, but I thought I MUST save this here, when no-one else has done that. There´s actually two saunas at same building-one for women and one for men. You can buy non alcoholic-drinks and some snacks after the sauna.

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  • Tampere Christmasmarket

    Tampere Things to Do

    Tampere is trying to get greatest christmasmarket of the Country starting this year.There is 50 salesman coming,selling Finnish handigrafts and Finnish Christmas-delights from ham to handmade chokolad.It will be looking quite "Christmassy",and the"real Santa",Finnish "Joulupukki" from Rovaniemi polar circle will visit here,too.They will have...

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  • Outdoor Ice hole Fishing (Spring) -...

    Finland is a very rude country, almost half of the year snow and ice cover the scenes and on those old days people had to be clever to feed themselves. This is a northern habit and it's extremely tanning :), at least during March and April, sunshine gets doubled with ice reflection.First you need the hole (photo 2) and it's done with special drill....

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  • Amazing frozen art.

    If you visit Finland in the winter as I did, you may well be lucky enough to stumble upon exhibitions of snow sculpture. I was playing with a group of Irish dancers (think a mini Riverdance here) and when we had time off we would often go wandering about. In various towns and cities we would find snow sculpture exhibitions which were of an...

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  • Cooking - Barbecue - Chickenball/sausage...

    This is easy and fast also, you just need to have some barbecue equipment, gas or coil, I use most often gas (easier, faster, cleaner and you can fix the temperature).Use parilla, add some fat and the order is vegetables (paprika and zucchini) first and the skewers next. Season with spices suitable for you, I use salt, barbecue spice and Garam...

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  • Cooking - Barbecue - Chicken / meat...

    This is easy and fast also, you just need to have some barbecue equipment, gas or coil, I use most often gas (easier, faster, cleaner and you can fix the temperature).Use parilla, add some fat and the order is vegetables (paprika and zucchini) first and the skewers next. Season with spices suitable for you, I use salt, barbecue spice and Garam...

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  • Cooking - Barbecue (mostly summer) -...

    This is easy and fast, you just need to have some barbecue equipment, gas or coil, I use most often gas (easier, faster, cleaner and you can fix the temperature).Use parilla, add some fat and the order is mushrooms first, the other vegetables (paprika and zucchini) and finally the salmon. Season with spices suitable for you, I use salt, barbecue...

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  • Outdoor watergames (Spring)

    We get some 80-100cm snow during the winter and our area is about 338 000 square kilometeres. Think what happens when the snow is smelting: we have a lot of running water and by lot I mean LOT. In most places the water just filters through earth but we have w lot of rivers, small and big ones and the season is suitable for canoying, fishing,...

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  • Outdoor cooking (all around the year) -...

    This is Glow Salmon. Very special but easy to prepare. You just need some special "tools", like open fire, wooden stave with holes (easy to drill) and wooden sticks to nail the filee of Salmon to the stave. Just place the system besides fire to place were you can put your hand, the issues is not fire but radiation. Use salt before (like 1tbsb/300g)...

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  • Outdoor cooking (all around the year) -...

    The best results of (Finnish) coffee can be reached with coking it in open fire. You need a speciel coffee pot, rough grinded coffee (search "pot grinded/pannujauhatus" term from package) and fresh water. Just boil the water (a litre), add two cups of coffee, just boil again and let calm down some minutes.We call this delicious as Smutch Pot Coffee...

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  • Number One - Let's go to Sauna

    There's no Finn without sauna. No one can count how many saunas there are, my guess is about 1,5 million. I have two, both heated with tree (there are electric ones also), and I regularly visit some others. Sauna has probably been the institution we've survived here in cold circumstances on those old days. It has been source of hot water, health...

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  • Walk trough HelsinkiCity

    Walking trough the city Helsinki is a wonderfull experience. Its beautifull! Lots of big buildings, old and modern. There's a lot of art on the way. Everywhere you go, there's a special statue. From big to small. The smallest one, I couldnt find, is a little mouse. To bad I havent found it, but its something you really have to search for... Nice...

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  • Sport centers (golf, skiing, hiking,...

    List of popular sport centers:All seasons:Vuokatti: http://www.vuokatti.fi/en/homeRuka: summer, winterMainly winter:Tahko: http://www.tahko.com/index.php?lId=2Levi: http://www.levi.fi/en/home.html

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  • Get a Helsinki Card

    When visiting Helsinki get a Helsinki Card. Your card will include unlimited usage of public transportation, including free entry to the major sights and museums, unlimited travel on public transport within the city of Helsinki, ferry-boat to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and entry to the main sights and a free Audio City Tour daily (worth 27 €) for...

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  • The Lapland Museum

    If you go to Inari, don't miss the beautiful Siida Museum. It worths a visit for its interesting documentation on the Sami culture, their territory and wonderful nature. The photographic and information panels are superbs and comprehensive.There is also an outdoor exhibit of Sami huts and animal traps right next to the Inari forest.Downstairs there...

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  • Oulu Area: Kalajoki

    Kalajoki, not far from Oulu, is a major tourist draw in summer and it is not difficult to see why - a stretch of sandy beach and the northernmost dunes in Finland, overlooking the Gulf of Bothnia. Would be a wonderful beach treat were it not for the unpredictable weather. It was raining VERY hard when I was there in July.My bet is that it looks...

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  • Tango Festival in Seinäjoki

    Finnish Tangois something you may have never heard about. It's well different from the classic and traditional tango, the Argentinian, I should say.This festival has at least three parts, all contests - the singing, the dancing and the composing. Once a year this festival revives this sleepy town in middle-west Finland for almost a week and turns...

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  • Bengtskar Lighthouse

    Bengtskar Lighthouse is the highest (52 meters) lighthouse in the Nordic countries. It was built in 1906 and it is the first lighthouse museum in Finland. You can stay overnight in the old home of the lighthouse keeper! All rooms have a sea view. Price 55-100 euros per night including breakfast and sauna. You don`t have to stay overnight there. You...

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