Best Places to Visit in Finland and Lapland

Cathedral - Helsinki - Finland - On The Go Tours
Best places to visit in Finland: Our pick #1

Helsinki

Unless you are flying straight in and out of Lapland you are no doubt going to pass through Helsinki at some point on your trip to Finland. This trendy capital is fast becoming one of Scandinavia’s hottest destinations (in terms of popularity not necessarily the weather). With a lively restaurant and bar scene as well as an amazing design scene it is not hard to see why. Take a 15 minute ferry ride to Suomenlinna – the fortress of Finland, head to neighbouring Porvoo for a taste of historic Finland and visit Fiskars where Finland’s famous ironwork industry was born.

Rovaniemi - Finland - On The Go Tours
Best places to visit in Finland: Our pick #2

Rovaniemi

The capital of Finnish Lapland and official home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is a must-see when visiting the northern parts of Finland. The list of attractions in Rovaniemi are endless. Top of the list of things to see is definitely the Santa Claus village where you can meet Santa and his elves. A visit to the Reindeer Farm where you can get your reindeer driving licence and learn how to make souvenirs out of antlers the reindeer have shed is also a must do. There are also husky farms to see, snowmobiling to have a go at and ice fishing to master. Rovaniemi also serves as a good base for visiting Ranua Wildlife Park from, the northernmost zoo in the world.

Levi - Finland - On The Go Tours
Best places to visit in Finland: Our pick #3

Levi

One of Finland’s most popular ski resorts, Levi is very popular in the winter season although autumn can be equally as stunning. There is a plethora of activities and excursions available here to keep even the fussiest of travellers entertained, even if you are not skiing or snowboarding. You can try your hand at ice carting, visit a husky farm and take off on a sled or visit the spectacular Levi Ice Gallery where beautiful sculptures and artworks have been carved to perfection. There are also opportunities to see the Northern Lights, take a trek on an Icelandic horse and go snowshoeing.

See Also

For further information to help plan your visit to Finland and Lapland, check out our handy Travel Guide resources:

Best Time to Visit - climate and seasons in Finland
Tourist Visas - know before you go with visa procurement and regulations
Top Travel Tips - useful information on money, food and shopping
Lapland Packing List - essential items and our recommendations
Tour Bolt Ons - northern lights, reindeer safaris and more