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 eerie frozen magic. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free.
The country’s role as a crossroads between East and West is vibrantly reflected in Helsinki, from which it has become increasingly convenient to arrange brief tours to Tallinn (the capital of Estonia), and St. Petersburg, Russia.
The architectural echoes of St. Petersburg in Helsinki are particularly striking in the « white night » light of June. Tallinn, with its medieval Old Town and bargain shopping, is a popular trip that can be done in a day. Traveling there takes an hour and a half by hydrofoil, three and a half by ferry.
Discover Finnish Design & Architecture
Their avant-garde design has stunned the world and spread the fame of such architects as Alvar Aalto. See the neoclassical Senate Square, Eliel Saarinen’s controversial railway station, and the Temppeliaukio Church.
Explore the Last Frontier
Discover the Sami distinctive culture and learn about their identity Lapland seems like a forgotten corner of the world.
Get lost in the forests
The entire country is one huge forest. Walk in the woods, pick wild berries and mushrooms along the way.
Relax in a Sauna
With some 1.6 million saunas in Finland, you can enjoy saunas everywhere.
Set in a building dating from 1887, this ritzy hotel is a 5-minute walk from shopping in the Market Square, a 6-minute walk from the Ateneum art museum and 2 km from Temppeliaukio Church.
Sophisticated rooms with marble bathrooms offer flat-screen TVs, minibars and Wi-Fi (fee). Romantic suites with antique touches add tubs and separate living rooms; upgraded quarters add kitchens, dining rooms and offices. Room service is available 24/7.
Breakfast is complimentary. There’s also a bar and an Asian restaurant. Other amenities include a posh spa with a gym and a sauna, plus a business center and valet parking (fee).
Hotel Lilla Roberts
In a former power plant built in 1908, this stylish hotel is an 11-minute walk from the Ateneum art museum, 2 km from Temppeliaukio Church and 5 km from the Helsinki Zoo.
Chic rooms with art deco bathrooms offer free Wi-FI, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Plush, upgraded rooms add sitting areas and Nespresso machines, while sophisticated suites have dining tables and bathtubs.
A breakfast buffet is free. Other amenities include a gym, a cocktail bar, and an elegant Scandinavian restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hotel Klaus K
A block from the Vanha Kirkkopuisto park, this chic hotel in a circa-1880s redbrick building is a minute’s walk from the Erottaja tram stop and a 9-minute walk from the Market Square.
Plush rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and minibars. There are also 4 rooms individually designed by modern artists, as well as rooms with loft bedrooms, and suites with mood lighting and rooftop terraces.
A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There’s a sophisticated cocktail bar, a lavish Italian restaurant with a gold ceiling, and a rooftop terrace. Other amenities include a spa, a 24-hour gym and meeting rooms.
Artic Light Hotel
A block from the Kemijoki river, this warm, contemporary hotel with an annex cabin is 12 minutes’ walk from the Arktikum Science Museum and 8 km from Santa Claus Village.
Ultrachic rooms have nature themes, and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minibars, Nespresso machines and rainfall showers. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, while a loft includes skylights. A 1-bedroom cabin has a Christmas theme, and adds a living room and a dining table. Room service is offered.
A breakfast buffet is available (fee). There’s also a chic eatery, and a bar/lounge with a sunroom and regular live entertainment. A Tesla charging station is on-site.
Set in an elegant building dating from the 1820s, this polished hotel is a 3-minute walk from Ateneum art museum, 4 km from Linnanmäki amusement park and 5 km from the Suomenlinna sea fortress.
Upmarket, individually decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; tea and coffeemaking facilities are offered upon request. Suites add sitting areas, and 2 feature whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.
Amenities include a relaxed restaurant, as well as a warmly decorated bar with a glass ceiling and a fountain.
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