Helsinki

Helsinki City Tour

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Overview: This city sightseeing tour takes in the most important and interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre, where you will see sights such as the Uspenski Cathedral and Esplandi Linear Park, the diplomatic quarters, where you will see, Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. Also make a stop at the Sibelius Monument and at Temppeliaukio Church.

Sea Life

Duration: at your own pace
Overview: An adventurous learning experience which awakens the desire to protect seas and animals. Experience the wonders of underwater miracles. journey from tropical seas to the depths of the Baltic, encountering hundreds of astonishing creatures along the way. Native, freshwater fish are also on display. See over 40 interesting aquariums. There are among others, 10 different shark species, and colorful fish of coral reefs, rays, jelly fish, sea horses and more. There are nearly 200 species in the exhibition. All are housed in spacious hi-tech' displays, including a mighty 250 m3 ocean tank complete with a transparent walkthrough underwater tunnel, which is unique in Finland. See the herring ring which is a 20 cubic meter round aquarium designed for herring shoals. Visitors can walk inside the ring.

Sibelius Park

Duration: At your own pace
Overview: At lovely Sibelius Park you'll find a steel monument to the great Finnish composer. The organ like cluster of steel pipes is said to represent the forest.

This kinetic modern sculpture was created by artist Eila Hiltunen in 1967 to honor Finland's most famous composer, Jean Sibelius. Born in 1865 in Hämeenlinna, Sibelius wrote music for the glorification of his own people and in defiance of the oppressor, Russia. His most famous composition, Finlandia, came to represent Finnish patriotism and pride.

Hiltunen's innovative abstract structure was designed to blend with the natural surroundings. Appropriately for a monument to a composer, the sculpture creates its own music - the hollow stainless-steel pipes echo with the movement of the wind.

The Ice Park

Duration:at your own pace
Overview: The Ice Park is in central Helsinki, right next to the Helsinki Central Railway Station. The ice rink opens each year in late November and remains open until March (depending on the weather in Finland at the time). The Ice Park is open daily throughout the winter, starting at 10 am until at 9 pm (10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.)

This popular ice skating rink attracts thousands of visitors annually. The admission price for ice skating here is EUR 4 for adults and EUR 2 if you're under 18 or have a student ID. You can bring your own ice-skates or rent them. There are even ice skating classes and a nice cafe on the premises.

Moomin World

Duration: at your own pace
Overview: Moomin World is in Naantali on the south-west coast of Finland, about 16 kilometers from Turku and 180 kilometers from Helsinki. The best way to get there is by boat. Naantali's beautiful visitor's marina is very close to Moomin World. It is based on the Moomin stories created by the Finnish-Swedish author and illustrator Tove Jansson. The theme park was founded from the Moomin cartoon producer Dennis Livson's initiative to create experiences for children and their families. The park's aim is to implement Moomin philosophy: family unity, non-violence, friendliness, environmental awareness, safety and adventure, as well as values promoting parenting.

Suomenlinna Island and Fortress

Duration: at your own pace
Overview: Situated on a group of islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Work on the fortress began in the mid-18th century. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular tourist attractions.

Lakeland

Duration: 2 nights/3 days minimum
Overview: There appears to be more water than land in the country's south-east Lake District. During summer, the horizon seems to be one vast glinting mirror – truly breathtaking. This is the largest Lake District in Europe and a fisherman's paradise. Roads are good and even in five or six days, a great deal of Finland's Lakeland can be experienced.

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