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Top 5 cities and towns in Finland

Finland is where you can find the home of Santa Claus, the Northern Lights, ice castles with beautiful rooms made of ice and snow, wide rivers and the natural beauty of lush green islands, and much more! But if you are looking to decide which city you should visit, these are the best cities to visit in Finland.

Rovaniemi, Finland

Ever wonder where Santa Claus makes those presents to make everyone happy for Christmas? Rovaniemi, Finland is Santa’s official address. He lives in the town of Santa Claus and that town is open all year. We know that you have been asking for your email address since you learned about it in your childhood. Now you know! And you can contact him there, even. Santa actually receives and delivers letters from the Arctic Circle post office in this Finnish city. But if you’re feeling drained and tired of waiting to finally catch him sneaking up on your fireplace, you can visit him and his crew in Rovamieni.

Not in the mood for Christmas? Besides Santa Claus Village, people can also enjoy skiing, kayaking, river cruising, and much more exciting activities around here.

Rauma, Finland

Imagine old and traditionally built wooden houses lining a historic street, each painted in rich color and with a past that is often longer than the life you lived. That is pretty much the romantic and historic city of Rauma in words. This ancient city in the western part of Finland allows its visitors to take a breather from the busy and fast-paced life that we have learned to adapt to.

If it’s about visiting and enjoying a rich history in ancient but beautifully preserved infrastructures, then the old town district called Old Rauma is for you. Here, you can go back to the 17th century while taking your first steps in this city. It is recognized worldwide as a UNESCO world heritage site for its colorful old wooden houses. Around 600 of these houses are well preserved and can be found here, making it the largest group of wooden infrastructures in all of Scandinavia.

Saariselka, Finland

This is a northern city where skiing, igloos, and the Northern Lights are the most famous local attractions. Saariselka is a town in the mountainous area of northern Finland. This area is covered in lush green forests, valleys and waterfalls in the nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park. Saariselka may be cold, but its beauty and the people are warm and welcoming. The village of Saariselka offers relaxation to visitors through spas and resorts, but sports and other exciting activities such as skiing and hiking can also be practiced.

Interestingly, with its beautiful winter scenery, many people are interested in celebrating ‘white weddings’ here.

This city is also where the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village is located. It is a unique hotel complex made up of igloos that have roof windows, allowing guests in their igloos an unobstructed view of the beautiful Northern Lights before going to sleep. Talk about an ideal winter vacation, where you could be one with nature! I’m not sure leaving this city is an easy task for the common person.

Kemi, Finland

This city is all about ice and if you love snow castles, it is surely one of the best places to visit. It is located next to the Bay of Bothnia and is known for the huge snow castle that is erected every year. The Lumilinna snow castle has been built here every year since 1996. Each year as it is rebuilt, a chapel, restaurant and hotel are created inside, with ice tables, rooms, a bar, beds and reindeer skins to cover the seats. . Staying at this castle is like spending an elegant vacation in the world’s largest snow building, and there are many reasons why it has a world-class reputation.

Here, you can book a hotel room, where each one is decorated by local designers with the use of local materials. Dine in the restaurant as well and enjoy the luxury of dining at ice tables with reindeer fur covered seating, as discussed above. The dinner served here is delicious and consists of authentic local Finnish food. The view is simply magnificent. Low? You can only come during the winter months.

This city also has a gemstone gallery that houses a model of the Finnish crown, of which an original version was never made. This gemstone house is also home to other pieces such as Britain’s imperial state crown and the Tsar’s Scepter in Russia,

Savonlinna, Finland

Prepare your heart as you get to know Savonlinna, a beautiful Finnish city that proves the existence of love at first sight. Anyone is sure to fall in love with the city’s good mix of beautiful historic structures, a lake, and lush greens for most of the year. This is a city in the southeastern part of Finland, in the middle of Lake Saimaa. Being surrounded by a lake and with all the beauty that surrounds it, visiting this city is like going to a different time and dimension.

Savonlinna is the setting of your fairy tale dreams as a child.

One of the most important and well-known places here, which is definitely a must see, is Olavinlinna Castle, a small but elegant castle that sits on top of a rocky island. It is made of solid stone that is gray most of the day, but heats up in the sun’s rays in the late afternoon. This building dates back to the 15th century and is best visited during the International Opera Festival held here each summer, in addition to other annual events.

There are many more beautiful cities in Finland, of course, depending on the type of experience and the scenery you are looking for. These are just one of the few. The geographical location and history of Finland make it an interesting and unique place to visit, not to mention the lovely people. Like the country where Santa originally came from, this country fosters and maintains a culture of giving. I have found that visiting Finland is a delight for any type of traveler.

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