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Five things to do in Finland

Studying in Finland is an exciting decision in itself. However, there is a lot to explore outside of your studies. Here are a few suggestions.

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Finland’s education system is one of the most revered in the world. However, the sheer number of things to do means your time there won’t just be spent studying and reading. Finland has something for everyone. Whether you love history, the great outdoors or being at one with nature, we’ve handpicked some unmissable experiences for you to check out during your time in Finland.

Suomenlinna fortress

There is no shortage of museums, architecture and monuments to satisfy history lovers and Suomenlinna Fortress is a must see. Built in 1748 during the Swedish rule, this manmade phenomenon is a piece of preserved history that is now a must-see attraction in Helsinki. It became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991 as a monument of military architecture. Throughout its existence is has served in defending three countries; Sweden, Russia and Finland.

Find out more about this incredible landmark here.

 

Sibelius Park and Monument

If art is what really captures your attention then why not check out the stunning Sibelius Monument, which pays homage to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. What started as a competition saw the Sibelius Monument move into the second stages after a candidate dropped out. The monument divided the Finnish population with traditionalists wanting a monument symbolic of Jean Sibelius, whilst modernists were accepting of an abstract interpretation.

Of course, there are plenty of churches and museums to explore in Finland that will keep you engaged and transported for hours. The Turku Cathedral, the National Library of Finland and the Ateneum Art Museum should be high on your list if you’re looking to get acquainted with the culture and history of this Nordic nation.

 

 

Esplanade Park

More often than not, visitors prefer to live like locals and in Helsinki, the Esplanade Park is a great place to listen to street musicians, grab a coffee and people watch both the locals and tourists. The park is used as a venue for events like fashion shows and other local talent. Situated in the heart of the capital, Esplanade Park is essentially Helsinki’s Central Park connecting visitors to shops and restaurants.

Find out more about this promenade here.

 

 

Helsinki Zoo

Established in 1889, Helsinki Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world. Home to 150 animal species, visitors are spoilt with choice when it comes to the sheer diversity on offer. Helsinki Zoo also contributes to helping protect the original habitats of some of the animals you can find there. It is one of the few zoos that is situated on an island and is open all year round and can be reached by ferry, car or bus.

Learn more about Helsinki Zoo here.

If Finland is known for one thing, it’s the abundance of opportunities to connect with nature. According to Visit Finland, over 70% of Finland is taken over by beautiful forests, which is larger than the UK in terms of area and is more than any European country in the world.

Helsinki is also home to some of the cleanest tap water, whilst Kilpisjärvi in Lapland boasts the cleanest air.

Lapland

You can’t go to Finland and not spend some time exploring the different regions. Lapland is known around the world as a magical land and it’s the closest you will get to a true winter wonderland and of course, Santa Claus.

Witness the Aurora Borealis, which is said to appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. It’s one of the reasons so many people visit the Nordic region. Lapland is also a great place to take part in outdoor activities like skiing and hiking which is perfect given that Lapland bathes in the ‘Midnight Sun’ for three months of the year. Alternatively, you can explore the wonders of Lapland through snowmobile excursions and even ice-fishing.

Check out other options for things to do in Lapland here.

 

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Safeera is Editor of Hotcourses and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.