If you are planning to visit Finland on vacation or for business you can look forward to staying in some amazing hotels. Whether your travels take you to the country’s capital of Helsinki or to far-northern Lapland, you are assured of finding a stylish and comfortable hotel and a warm welcome. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki
© Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki
You will find Hotel Lilla Roberts located in Helsinki’s trendy design quarter called Lapland City. The hotel occupies premises which were once the headquarters of the Helsinki Energy Plant which has been masterfully renovated to offer 130 rooms, a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and a gym. Suited to both leisure travelers and business visitors, the hotel combines Scandinavian elegance and Art Deco décor in all public areas and in the stylish bedrooms which offer large TVs, elegant bathrooms and luxury bed linens. There is a parking garage next door and an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy your meals. Coffee and cocktails are served in the comfortable Bar Lilla e.
Hotel Lilla Roberts, Pieni Roobertinkatu 1 -3, 00130 Helsinki, Phone: +358-96-89-99-80
2.Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
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A long-standing favorite luxury hotel for those in the know, Hotel Kämp occupies an impressive historic building in the heart of the city. Although the hotel is over 130 years old and has been a Helsinki landmark for decades, the beautiful interior has totally kept up with changes in fashion and each of the stunning rooms and suites is modern and luxuriously furnished to offer every convenience the modern traveler demands from a five-star establishment. You can dine in style at the Hotel Kämp Brasserie which overlooks the Esplanadi Park, enjoy a relaxing treatment, sauna or steam bath at Kämp Spa or sip your favorite cocktail at the elegant Kämp Bar.
Hotel Kämp, Pohjoisesplanadi 29, Helsinki, Phone: +358-98-40-95-20
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3.Hilton Helsinki Strand
© Hilton Helsinki Strand
The Hilton Helsinki Stand occupies an enviable location at the Helsinki Harbor, which ensures beautiful views as well as convenient access to the city center. Perfectly suited to both leisure travelers and business visitors, the hotel offers comfortable luxury rooms with work desks and chairs as well as elegant and contemporary styling, comfortable beds and large flat-screen TVs. If you choose an Executive Room on the 7th Floor you will enjoy free access to the Executive Lounge for complimentary breakfast and all-day refreshments. Leisure facilities include a gym, swimming pool and sauna and the light and airy Restaurant Bro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hilton Helsinki Strand, Ohn Stenbergin Ranta 4, 00530 Helsinki, Phone +13-58-93-93-51
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4.Lapland Hotels, Oulu
© Lapland Hotels, Oulu
Located in the city center of Oulu, one of the world’s most northern cities, Lapland Hotels Oulu offers visitors an attractive base for exploring this unique region. All the comfortable and elegant rooms feature design elements inspired by nature and the mystique of Lapland. All rooms feature special comfort mattresses which adapt to your body, large flat-screen TVs, quality linens and a pillow menu; you can choose from twin, queen or king-size bed configurations. At Oulu Kitchen and Bar you can relax with your favorite cocktail before enjoying unique dishes using locally sourced reindeer and game, fish from the local lake and Nordic berries and mushrooms.
Lapland Hotel Oulu, Kirkkokatu 3, 90100 Oulu, Phone: +358-88-81-11-10
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5.Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
© Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Perfectly located in a peaceful and scenic area on the edge of the Gulf of Finland, the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa Hotel is ideal for both business and pleasure. Business visitors will find comfortable workspaces in each room and are able to easily access the city center, while leisure visitors can enjoy sea-side resort facilities and a lovely vacation atmosphere. You will be within walking distance of boat excursions, coffee shops and boutiques and resort facilities include a beach, tennis courts, pool, gym and walking/jogging tracks. There are two on-site restaurants and the contemporary rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious – many offer good sea views.
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Kalastajatorpantie 1, Helsinki 00330, Phone: +358-94-58-11
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6.Hotel F6, Helsinki
© Hotel F6, Helsinki
If you are looking for a home-from-home atmosphere combined with excellent services and modern Finnish elegance, Hotel F6 is an ideal choice. This stylish boutique hotel is located right next to the Esplanade, offering easy access to most city attractions by foot or cycle. Each of the rooms and suites is pleasingly decorated in a modern, contemporary style which invites guests to kick back and relax. You can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast (organic ingredients are used whenever possible) to set you up for your busy day, perhaps borrow a bicycle to explore the city like a local or simply sit and relax in the comfortable courtyard. The hotel has a well-equipped gym and a convivial bar where you can sip cocktails.
Hotel F6, Fabianinkatu 6, 00130 Helsinki, Phone: +35-89-68-99-96-66
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7.Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki
© Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki
Located in the former city prison, Hotel Katajanokka offers visitors a unique hotel experience within a short walk of the city center. Some of the rooms are on the snug side (former prison cells) but are extremely comfortably furnished and decorated. You can expect en-suite shower rooms, queen, king or twin beds and luxurious linens, alongside thick walls and unusual windows which lend a unique atmosphere to the hotel. All room rates include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym access and free weekend sauna. You can enjoy dinner in the cozy Linnankellari Restaurant (formerly the prison canteen) which serves delicious Nordic cuisine.
Hotel Katajanokka, Merikasarminkatu 1a, 00160, Helsinki, Phone: +35-89-68-64-50
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8.Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki
© Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki
Conveniently located within walking distance of most of Helsinki’s tourist attractions, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is an ideal choice for both leisure and business visitors. The hotel has been nominated as the best business hotel in Finland on several occasions, offering a number of extra facilities for business visitors including the super-convenient Plaza Lounge (free access if you choose a Business Class Room or Suite). The Plaza Restaurant serves fresh and delicious Nordic Cuisine and the extensive buffet breakfast is ideal to set you up for a day of meetings or exploring. Comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing rooms and suites feature stylish Finnish design and all mod-cons.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mikonkatu 23, FI-00100 Helsinki, Phone: +35-82-01-23-47-03
9.Scandic Patria, Lappeenranta
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Located in the center of Lappeenranta, Finland’s thirteenth-largest city, the Scandic Patria Hotel is a modern and comfortable base from which to explore the Lake Saimaa region. The rooms and suites feature modern minimalist Finnish décor; some rooms have private balconies and private saunas and all rooms have TV, mini-bar, personal safe, Wi-Fi and luxury toiletries. You can try some typical Nordic cuisine in the Torilla Restaurant or relax with your favorite cocktail at the adjacent Bar. Other facilities at this hotel include a parking garage, gym/fitness-center, sauna and whirlpool. Business visitors can use the meeting room or the tiered auditorium for meetings or presentations.
Scandic Patria, Kauppakatu 21, 53100 Lappeenranta, Phone: +35-85-67-75-11
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10.Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki
© Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki
When you are looking for something a little different and unique, the centrally located Klaus K Hotel in Helsinki could perfectly fit the bill. The hotel offers 171 rooms and suites, each of which features elegant Finnish design inspired by the country’s renowned artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s famous “The Kalevala”. Even the smallest single room includes many luxury features and the more pricey rooms and suites are perfect for those accustomed to luxury. The Klaus K Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to meet up with friends for cocktails before you move on to the Toscanini Restaurant to enjoy Tuscan-inspired cuisine.
Klaus K Hotel, Bulevardi 2-4, 00120 Helsinki, Phone: +35-82-07-70-47-01
11.Hotel Fabian, Helsinki
© Hotel Fabian, Helsinki
If you are looking for an elegant boutique hotel situated in the heart of Helsinki you will find that Hotel Fabian ticks all the boxes. The hotel is located about 5 minutes from the Esplanade and is surrounded by some of the city’s best and trendiest restaurants. The rooms and suites are comfortable and beautifully appointed – expect muted colors, good entertainment systems and Eco-Boutique toiletries. If you are traveling with the family or planning an extended stay you can choose a spacious Lux room which comes with a kitchenette for self-catering. The elegant Lobby Bar is an ideal place to meet friends for a drink and great dining is available within easy walking distance.
Hotel Fabian, Fabianinkatu 7, 00130 Helsinki, Phone: +35-89-61-28-20-00
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12.Scandi Paasi, Helsinki
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Located in the Siltasaari district (close to the Convention Center), the innovative Scandi Paasi hotel is within easy walking distance of many of Helsinki’s popular attractions, including Market Square and Helsinki Cathedral. The bright modern interior design has been influenced by colorful events which once took place in this part of the city. You can choose from several room configurations to suit your tastes and budget, including the Master Suite which has a kitchenette and private sauna. All the comfortable rooms feature quirky colorful additions to enliven a basic neutral palette. You can enjoy a drink at the lobby bar before stepping out for dinner at one of several nearby restaurants.
Scandic Paasi Hotel, Paasivuorenkatu 5B, FI-00530 Helsinki, Phone: +358-92-31-17-00
13.GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
© GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
Perfectly located in the heart of bustling Helsinki, the GLO Hotel Kluuvi is a good choice for both tourists and business visitors. By day the hotel is a perfect base for visitors wanting to explore Helsinki’s shopping areas, galleries and museums and when the sun sets you will find yourself close to many of the city’s trendy restaurants and bars. You can select your room or suite from one of eight categories, depending on your budget and the degree of luxury you require. Even the least expensive room in the hotel comes with little luxuries like black-out curtains, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, air conditioning and gym access, while the top-of-house GLO Executive Suite covers a massive 68 square meters and can accommodate up to 6 guests.
GLO Hotel Kluuvi, KJluuvikatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Phone: +35-81-03-44-44-00
14.Solo-Sokos Hotel Paviljonki, Jyvaskyla
© Solo-Sokos Hotel Paviljonki, Jyväskylä
Scenically located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä in the central Lakelands, the Solo-Sokos Hotel is a great base from which to explore this remarkably scenic part of Finland. All the comfortable rooms offer innovative technology to give you a great home-from-home experience and feature quality linens and luxury bathrooms with either shower or tub. Many of the rooms offer beautiful views over the lake and some have extra luxuries like coffee makers and separate seating areas. After a busy day of sight-seeing or hiking the lakeside trails you can look forward to a work-out in the gym, a relaxing sauna and a great Italian meal at Trattoria Aukio.
Solo-Sokos Paviljonki, Lutakonaukio 10, 40100, Jyväskylä, Phone: +35-82-01-23-46-45
15.Levi Spa Hotel, Levitunturi
© Levi Spa Hotel, Levitunturi
This charming and family-friendly spa hotel is located just a couple of hundred meters from the Levi Fell ski slopes, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to combine a skiing vacation with relaxing spa facilities. Families can choose a Family room (with an alcove sleeping area for the children) or a Family Suite which has two bedrooms; both of these have kitchenettes. Other family-friendly facilities include the Ailu Family Fun and Bowling area and a choice of family-oriented restaurants including a pizza restaurant and Burger King. Adults can enjoy drinks and dining at the Kekäle Restaurant and Bar or have some fun at the Joiku Music Bar. After a busy day on the slopes you can enjoy a relaxing treatment at the Spa.
Levi Hotel Spa, Levintie 1590, 99130 Levi, Finland, Phone: +358-16-64-63-01
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16.Radisson Blu, Oulu
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Scenically located at the mouth of the Oulu River on the Gulf of Bothnia, the Radisson Blu Hotel in central Oulu welcomes both business and leisure visitors. Business visitors have the use of several versatile meeting rooms while tourists will find it easy to explore all the attractions of the city by taxi or public transport. The elegant rooms all feature attractive Scandinavian design and décor and even the least expensive economy room offers luxuries like air-conditioning, an entertainment system, the Blu-Dreams bed experience, TV, mini-bar and hair-dryer. Business Class rooms and suites have separate sitting areas, coffee machines and king-size beds. All rooms offer free access to the on-site gym and there are two restaurants, a bar and sea-side terrace.
Radisson Blu Oulu, Hallituskatu 1, FI-90100 Oulu, Phone: +35-82-01-23-47-30
17.Lapland Hotel Saaga, Yllasjarvi
© Lapland Hotel Saaga, Yllasjarvi
Lapland Hotel Saaga enjoys an elevated location high in the fell, offering amazing views of the snow-covered ski slopes in winter. There is a gondola-lift right next to the hotel which means that guests have very easy access to the inviting slopes and forests. You can choose from a variety of accommodation options which vary from twin rooms in the main building to three-bedroom fully-self-catering apartments which are located about 200 meters from the hotel. Larger apartments and ski-chalets have full kitchens and private saunas. After a busy day on the ski slopes or hiking/biking trails you can enjoy a relaxing spa experience or hit the gym for a workout.
Lapland Hotel Saaga, Iso-Yllaksentie 42, 95980 Yllasjarvi, Phone: +358-16-32-36-00
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18.Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni, Helsinki
© Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni, Helsinki
Visitors to Helsinki who are looking for something a little different in the way of accommodation should consider the Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni. Each of the hotel rooms has been individually styled and decorated, some in the Art Nouveau style while others feature Art Deco elements. While all the rooms offer little luxuries like flat-screen TV, personal safes and mini-bars, the more lavish rooms and suites also have coffee makers, pillow-menus, lots of original artworks and larger beds. You can enjoy meals at the Torni Restaurant and meet friends for drinks at the Ateljee Bar, American Bar or O’Malley’s.
Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni, Yrjonkatu 26, 00100, Helsinki, Phone: +35-82-01-23-46-04
19.Original Sokos Hotel, Rovaniemi
© Original Sokos Hotel, Rovaniemi
If you are making a pilgrimage to Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle to see the famous Northern Lights (or to visit Santa Clause?) the Original Sokos Hotel is a great choice in the heart of the city. The hotel prides itself on offering guests warm Lappish hospitality and easy access to all the year-round attractions of Rovaniemi. To really set the scene for your visit you can choose the enchanting red and white Christmas Room (which has a small sleigh which converts to a kiddies’ bed – what could be more exciting for little visitors). The restaurants offer a very varied menu which includes rustic French cuisine, traditional Lapland specialties and even some very popular Tex-Mex dishes.
Original Sokos Hotel, Koskikatu 4, 96200, Rovaniemi, Phone: +35-82-01-23-46-95
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© Hotel Helka
Situated on a quiet street close to the city center, Hotel Helka occupies a 1930’s building which was the original Helsinki YWCA. Today this rather unremarkable structure is home to the fun and quirky Hotel Helka where Nordic chic and modern minimalism are combined to offer comfortable and elegant rooms and public spaces. All the comfortable rooms include very special Hilding-Anders beds, Flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. There is a roof-top sauna for everyone to enjoy and the inviting bar serves a variety of delicious signature cocktails. Be sure to visit the first-floor breakfast room where a freshly-prepared breakfast will set you up for a day of business or leisure.
Hotel Helka, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, 00100 Helsinki, Phone: +35-89-61-35-80
21.Hotel Haikko Manor, Porvoo
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Located five kilometers from the picturesque ancient village of Porvoo, (about an hour from Helsinki), the Hotel Haikko Manor is a destination resort for a wellness vacation, business conference or a combination of both. The hotel has excellent conference facilities and will put together an ideal package combining work and relaxation. Visitors have the choice of sumptuous luxury rooms in the Manor or more modern, contemporary rooms in the main hotel section. You can take your meals at the Manor Restaurant or Spa Bistro and drinks are available in the Spa Lounge or the elegant Lobby Bar. Next to the outstanding location, the Spa is the main draw-card offering an extensive list of treatments, several pools, tubs and saunas.
Hotel Haikko Manor, Haikkoontie 114, 06400 Porvoo, Phone: +35-81-95-76-01
22.Rantisipi Imatran Valtionhotelli
Located in the beautiful and historic lake-side city of Imatra in eastern Finland, the Rantisipi Imatran Valtion hotel is housed in an impressive castle-like building which has long been a city landmark. The hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful area and is also a popular conference venue. All the rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and decorated to provide a serene atmosphere and all the necessary modern features you require for a comfortable stay; many of the rooms have balconies and outstanding views of the river and lake. You can visit the gym for a workout or relax in the sauna, hot tub or indoor swimming pool. Restaurant Linnasali serves breakfast and dinner and the Lobby Bar is the place to relax with your favorite cocktail.
Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli, Torkkelinkatu 2, 55100 Imatra, Phone: +358-57-89-93-00
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23.Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, Lahti
© Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, Lahti
The Solo hotel group have been welcoming distinguished guests with genuine Finnish hospitality since 1890 – now it is your turn to be their guest and experience a genuine home-from-home experience in Lahti. You can expect your room to be comfortable and elegant, benefiting from stylish Finnish décor. You can choose from a simple single room if you are traveling solo, or splurge out and book the stylish Karolina Suite which boasts a private whirlpool and separate living room. The hotel has two restaurants where you can enjoy your meals – savor a taste of Italy at the Trattoria Seurahuone or have drinks and dinner at the Bar and Bistro Huone.
Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, Aleksanterinkatu 14, 15110, Lahti, Phone +35-82-01-23-46-54
24.GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki
Contemporary and trendy, it is quite hard to believe that Helsinki’s GLO Hotel Art is actually constructed around the remains of a 100-year old Art Nouveau castle. You will find the hotel perfectly located in the heart of the city’s pulsing Design District, just half a mile from the city center. You can choose from a selection of stylish double or twin rooms for up to three persons or opt for the spacious Glo Suite which has a king-size bed, separate lounge area and the option to add another single bed. Get your day off to the perfect start with a great breakfast in the Glo Art Kitchen and round off your busy day with drinks and light snacks at the atmospheric Art Lounge Bar.
GLO Hotel Art, L?nnrotinkatu 29, 00180, Helsinki, Phone: +35-81-03-44-41-00
25.Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi
© Arctic Light Hotel
Housed in the former rather stark building which was the City Hall of Rovaniemi, the Arctic Light Hotel is a shining example of what a clever designer can accomplish. The rooms and suites offer the last word in Nordic elegance and luxury, inspired by the Arctic light and nature. All the rooms feature luxuries like Nespresso Coffee makers, personal lap-top safes, bathrobes and fine linens and many have a separate seating area. A healthy and delicious breakfast buffet is included in your room rate and the acclaimed Arctic Restaurant serves delicious and unique Lapland specialties. The hotel is ideally located for watching the amazing Northern Lights and for visiting Santa Clause.
Arctic Light Hotel, Valtakatu 18, 96200 Rovaniemi, Arctic Circle, Phone: +35-82-01-71-01-00
25 Best Finland Hotels
- Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki, Photo: Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki
- Hotel Kämp, Helsinki, Photo: Grigory Bruev/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Helsinki Strand, Photo: Hilton Helsinki Strand
- Lapland Hotels, Oulu, Photo: Lapland Hotels, Oulu
- Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, Photo: Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
- Hotel F6, Helsinki, Photo: Hotel F6, Helsinki
- Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki, Photo: Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki, Photo: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki
- Scandic Patria, Lappeenranta, Photo: Yakobchuk Olena/stock.adobe.com
- Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki, Photo: Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki
- Hotel Fabian, Helsinki, Photo: Hotel Fabian, Helsinki
- Scandi Paasi, Helsinki, Photo: Diana Rui/stock.adobe.com
- GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi, Photo: GLO Hotel Helsinki Kluuvi
- Solo-Sokos Hotel Paviljonki, Jyvaskyla, Photo: Solo-Sokos Hotel Paviljonki, Jyväskylä
- Levi Spa Hotel, Levitunturi, Photo: Levi Spa Hotel, Levitunturi
- Radisson Blu, Oulu, Photo: Radisson Blu, Oulu
- Lapland Hotel Saaga, Yllasjarvi, Photo: Lapland Hotel Saaga, Yllasjarvi
- Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni, Helsinki, Photo: Solo-Sokos Hotel Torni, Helsinki
- Original Sokos Hotel, Rovaniemi, Photo: Original Sokos Hotel, Rovaniemi
- Hotel Helka, Photo: Hotel Helka
- Hotel Haikko Manor, Porvoo, Photo: Natalia Pavlova/stock.adobe.com
- Rantisipi Imatran Valtionhotelli, Photo: sforzza/stock.adobe.com
- Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, Lahti, Photo: Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, Lahti
- GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki, Photo: Photographee.eu/stock.adobe.com
- Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi, Photo: Arctic Light Hotel
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Attraction Spotlight: Sarkanniemi
Särkänniemi is an expansive amusement park that features over thirty different rides. The park’s most popular and wildest rides are its roller coasters, including the Tornado, the Hype, the Half Pipe, and the new X. There are also plenty of more tame and classic rides throughout the park, such as Log River, Caramel Carousel, Piggie Train, and Troika. Särkänniemi has rides for everyone the entire family.
The restaurants at Särkänniemi provide a broad selection of different food and other treats for guests to enjoy. Whether visitors want fine dining, street food, burgers, or pizza, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the park’s dining options. Visitors can enjoy a meal at the very top of the Näsinneula Observation Tower at the Restaurant Näsinneula. At the tower’s ground level, guests can take a break for lunch at the Restaurant Välke.
Some of the attraction at Särkänniemi are open year-round, while others are only open during specific times of the year. Visitors can enjoy the numerous rides in the amusement park from the month May until September, as well as the Doghill Fairytale Farm. During the winter months, guests can still explore the Aquarium, the Näsinneula Observation Tower, and the Planetarium.
One of the most popular and thrilling rides at Särkänniemi is the Tornado, a roller coaster for only the wildest and bravest of visitors. This roller coaster has become a true classic of the park since it opened back in 2001. Tornado reaches speeds of up to seventy-five kilometer per hour, and takes around just forty seconds from the first lift of the ride to the top.
Särkänniemi opened the thrilling X ride to the public in 2016. X is a pendulum-like thrill ride that rotates a full three hundred and sixty degrees. The ride holds up to thirty people, rises up to thirty meters in the air, and reaches speeds of up to eighty kilometers per hour. X is truly a ride geared towards real thrill seekers.
The Half Pipe thrill ride at Särkänniemi is certainly not for visitors who are faint of heart. The ride transports guests to heights of up to thirty meters. At the ride’s highest point, riders even may have a feeling of weightlessness. Half Pipe reaches speeds of up to seventy kilometers per house and accelerations of 3G.
Throughout the Aquarium at Särkänniemi, visitors can decide which species of marine life is their favorite from more than two hundred different species of aquatic animals and fish that come from lakes and seas throughout the world. Guests also have the opportunity to see finned animals from the waters in and around Finland. Plaques displaying useful information about the various species of aquatic life can be found throughout the Aquarium, as well as information about the habitats of these creatures.
The variety of marine species visitors can see within the Aquarium varies each year. The sceneries in the Aquarium are renewed every year as well. The constant aspect of the facility is that the animals that call the Aquarium home are able to swim in habitats that are as reflective as possible of their natural habitats.
Laiturikatu 1, Tampere, Things to Do in Finland, Phone: 35-82-07-13-02-00
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Attraction Spotlight: Linnanmaki
Overlooking the city of Helsinki in Finland is the amusement park of Linnanmäki. Filled with many rides, attractions, and unique features this is a popular place to visit that has more than 1 million guests annually. Opening in 1950, the park not only functions as a place to enjoy rides, but it strives to raise funds for Finnish child welfare. Linnanmäki is a popular aspect of Helsinki to visit due to its variety of attractions and its focus on charity.
Linnanmäki is home to a variety of attractions and entertainment features including rides, a river rafting, and an arcade. There are 42 different rides within the park; 7 roller coasters, a ferris wheel, and river rapids ride. The most iconic is the Vuoristorata wooden roller coaster, which was the first permanent ride to be built in 1951. Another popular feature is Karuselli it was built in 1896, that allows visitors to have a relaxing ride on the beautifully decorated carousel. Combing both virtual reality and the roller coaster experience is the Linnunrata eXtra, the ride is built inside of an old water tower and the virtual reality aspect makes the Linnunrata eXtra a unique experience. Another popular attraction is Autorata the classic ride of bumper cars is enjoyed by both children and adults as they are able to speed around the track and crash into each other. For hot days there are some rides that allow guests to cool down such as Hurjakuru, which takes visitors on a fun water adventure on rafts. In the arcade visitors have the option of playing many different games such as Koripallot, which tests guests’ skills in the game of basketball. Another game is Derby, which is a horse racing game, whoever has the fastest horse wins a toy. All of the various games and rides provide a day full of fun, however, Linnanmäki has other special features that makes it a popular place to visit.
Both the aquarium and Cotton Candy School are beloved features to the park. The Sea Life Center opened in 2002 and is a fun addition; visitors are able to discover the underwater world by viewing starfish, sharks, rays, and tropical fish. Each exhibit presents a different type of species that are threatened by pollution. Sea Life is part of the Pan-European Sea Life Aquarium chain, which works together to educate guests about the need to protect the aquatic environment. Another favorite aspect to Linnanmäki is the Cotton Candy School, a place where visitors are able to learn how to make a sugary treat. In the Shop Caramelli, students are able to master their skills spinning fluffy sugar into a sweet threat. Throughout all of the attractions and features visitors are able to have fun at Linnanmäk while helping a good cause.
While visitors are enjoying the park they are also contributing towards helping Finnish child welfare work. The Children’s Day Foundation was created in 1957, and since then as been developing the Linnanmäki amusement park to raise funds for charity. The six different welfare organizations that came together to create the foundation are Barnavårdsföreningen i Finland, The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, The Central Union for Child Welfare, The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Parasta Lapsille, and Save the Children. With goals of raising 4.5 million euros in 2018, the charities through Linnanmäki aim to help provide support for children, parents, and create a more child-friendly society.
Linnanmäki is also dedicated to creating a fun space for children at the park with playgrounds and attraction buddies. The children’s playgrounds of Rolle’s House, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Angry Birds are located throughout Linnanmäki. Each of these spaces offers a fun place for younger guests to use their imaginations to explore. Attraction buddies are a popular aspect of the park, if a child’s parent or guardian is not able to or does not want to go on the rides, an attraction buddy can go on a few rides with the child.
While exploring the park, visitors are able to browse through the stores of Shop Caramelli and Rolle, which are inside of Linnanmäki. For those who have a sweet tooth, beside the entrance of the park is Shop Caramelli, which is filled with many kinds of sugary treats, ice cream, slushies, and lemonade. Shop Rolle is in the center of the park and is stalked with colorful Linnanmäki souvenirs and clothing for every type of weather. Throughout all of the parts of Linnanmäki, visitors of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy the rides.
1 I Tivolikuja 1, HKi 00510 Helsinki, Phone: +35-81-05-72-22-00
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Attraction Spotlight: Natura Viva
In the Southern part of Finland is the outdoor company; Natura Viva that specializes on providing exciting adventures in the beautiful landscape near Helsinki, Finland. There are many different trails and waterways that Natura Viva has designed expeditions and courses around. The two areas that tours are conducted in, in the Nuuksio National Park and the eastern part of Helsinki, Vuosaari. Established in 1986, the company has worked to create nature experiences for decades, and strives to connect visitors to the beauty of Finland.
The Nuuksio National Park is a perfect place for different Natura Viva tours to take place due to its interesting topography which was shaped by the last ice age around 10 000 years ago. In the forested setting, many small bodies such as lakes, river streams, and ponds were created, as well as rocky cliffs and hills. The breathtaking area was the home of one of the first settlements in Finland dating back to 9000 years ago. There are also many different animals that dwell in the park such as moose, bears, foxes, lynx, and a variety of birds. Each year the National Park has over 300 000 visitors who come from the near by Helsinki metropolitan to enjoy nature, by hiking, biking, camping, and to visit the public saunas. There are also summer cabins within the National Park that visitors are able to rent through Natura Viva. Only 3000 permanent residents live in Nuuksio, which makes the secluded area a great backdrop for a variety of tours such as Stand Up Paddling, Row Boating, Hiking, Canoe, and Fatbike tours. Due to the diverse terrain, and calming environment, Nuuksio is a popular spot, to visit, however the second Natura Viva location is to the east in the area of Vuosaari is also a beautiful place to explore.
Touching the coast of the Baltic Sea, on the eastern part of Helsinki is the beautiful area of Vuosaari. It is known as one of the most maritime and greenest districts as it is home to the archipelago of Helsinki, which has around 330 islands. This suburb offers all the beauty of Finnish nature with lush forests, sandy beaches, and breathtaking islands. The Eastern Helsinki archipelago has 13 nature reserves and over 30 kilometers of coastlines, which is filled with rock formations and peninsulas that were formed in the last ice age. The area is a haven for outdoors lovers; there are a number of walking paths, bike trails, boulevards, water channels, and docks to encourage people to enjoy the coast. Natura Viva has a Paddling Center in Vuosaari, surrounded by a beach, on the Kallahdenniemi peninsula. Visitors are able to travel east of the center and explore the Uutela peninsulas while passing through the Aurinkolahti bay, which has a beautiful beach. Within the peninsula there are different walking paths, throughout the meadow and forest nature reserve. On the west of the Paddling Center is the Meri-Rastila outdoors area, which has dramatic cliffs and rocky beaches. It is composed of a network of different, biking trails and walking paths. North to the center is Vuosaarenhuippu, a large hill built over a dump, which has been transformed into a tranquil meadow filled with uncommon plants species. Within the Natura Viva Paddling Center, visitors are able to book a variety of tours or rent equipment. There is Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, biking, Fatbike tours, and rowboat rentals. Visitors are easily able to get to the islands in the Eastern Helsinki archipelago from the center by kayak, rowboat, or on a Stand Up Board. As an oasis from the business of Helsinki, Vuosaari is a relaxing environment to visit.
In both locations of Nuuksio National Park and Vuosaari there are cafes that operate to provide guests a place to enjoy something to drink in eat in nature. Café Silva is located inside of the Nuuksio Hawk Nest, beside the lake and is a great place to stop before or after a tour. Café Natura has beautiful seaside views in Vuosaari, and is a relaxing café to try freshly prepared food and enjoy locally roasted coffee.
As provider of outdoor activities around the metropolitan area of Helsinki, Natura Viva is a popular place to book a tour, or rent equipment to explore the natural beauty of Finland. The guided activities are offered in both locations of Nuuksio National Park and Vuosaari, which provide a diverse selection of areas to explore. They are passionate about encouraging the public to experience the outdoors and enjoy the forests, beaches, peninsulas, and the Helsinki archipelago.
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