A land with more trees than people, and more islands than any other nation in the world – Finland is a wonder to behold. Two-thirds of the country is covered by forests, a natural playground for adventure seekers of all kinds. In Finland, you have the chance to savour, not just one, but two once-in-a-lifetime experiences: the unusual phenomena of midnight sun during its summers, and the divine Aurora Borealis, natural lights dancing in the sky.
A city of unique personality and traditions, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is quite simply an architectural delight. Many styles from centuries past and present are represented here, blending the medieval, the neo-classical, the baroque and ultra-modern design styles - Helsinki is a vibrant city full of sophistication, heritage and beauty. The best way to explore is on foot, but when you have enough of walking, why not hop on a public city bicycle.
- The bustling kauppatori or market square, the heart of Helsinki. Also known as the fish market, it is surrounded by graceful 19th-century buildings - some of the few remaining in the city after the devastation of WWII. Visit Havis Amanda, the lovely mermaid statue and fountain just west of the fish market. Designed by one of Finland's most beloved artists, Ville Vallgren, the statue is commonly regarded as the symbol of Helsinki - if not all of Finland.
- Temppeliaukio, one of Europe's most unusual modern churches.
- Olympic Stadium, site of the 1952 Olympic Games.
- Sibelius Park, where you can see the unique stainless steel monument erected for the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.