Generally tourists come to Finland for many reasons. For example, to authentically celebrate the New Year with the family, or to stay in a log cabin right in the breathtakingly beautiful winter forest, for skating or sledding on the frozen lake, to see the northern lights or to warm up in the hot sauna.
In Finland, there are snowy winters and fairly warm summers. In winter the polar night comes in the north of the country, and in the south it gets dark around 3 p.m.
There are no official stars in Finnish hotels, but there is local "chain" of hotels, each one with its internal standards. Even a 2* hotel has a decent level, there is always a sauna included in the price.
From Suomi one can bring as a souvenir designer glassware, ceramics, reindeer skins, horns, Sami handicraft products, Finnish national dolls, figurines of bears and white deer, the famous Finnish chocolate Fazer.
Potato, smoked salmon and small fish such as herring, vegetables and rye bread here are the portrait of the Finnish gastronomy rough strokes. Finns do not shy away from the meat dishes: the menu of restaurants and home desktop will always have different types of stews, meatballs and sausages, as well as variations on the meat in the pot.
In Helsinki, there are over 60 churches, the best known and popular tourist destinations are the Assumption Cathedral and Temppelinaukio ("Snow Church"), carved into granite rock. In addition, guests of the capital will be interested to visit the three museums, united into the National Gallery of Finland.
A very popular tourist itinerary is Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) island group with a powerful complex of the Swedish fortress (1748-1772) and the Baltic Fleet old base of the Russian Empire. Both facilities are comprised into the UNESCO World List of Heritage. You can also observe the oldest sailing vessel of Finland "Alma" and the artistic center of Northern Europe.
Just 3 miles from Helsinki, on the island of Seurasaari there is the open-air Museum of Ethnography with a plenty of gorgeous old wooden Finnish buildings. Helsinki Zoo is situated on the island of Korkeasaari.
In Rovaniemi, you can stand on the line of Arctic Circle or go with the children on a visit to the residence village of Santa Claus.
Family tourists should definitely visit the Moominvalley, it is considered to be one of the finest children's theme parks in the world.
Suomi is very popular for reindeer skating and dog sledding. Horseback riding and ice rally have became fashionable here.