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Things to do in Finland

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Finland. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Finland attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Finland to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Finland.

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  • Aalto House

    A minimalist white box, it contains many of Aalto's iconic, sculptural pieces. More
  • Ateljee Bar

    The tiny, tucked-away bar at the top of the Sokos Hotel Torni affords the best views of the city. Ride up to the 13th floor, then take the little s... More
  • Café Strindberg

    After strolling the park-lined Esplanade, claim one of the tables that spill out onto the sidewalk in the summer. Have a banana parfait with cardam... More
  • Carol Arklind

    Special Booking: For several Texan clients, Arklind orchestrated a classic Scandinavian Christmas holiday, with an airport transfer by dogsled and ... More
  • Church in the Rock

    Built in 1969 and carved out of solid bedrock, the top of this modern church (called Temppeliaukio in Finnish) hovers aboveground like a spaceshi... More
  • Design Forum Finland

  • Design Museum

    Learn why and how Finland became a design mecca through the more than 35,000 objects on display, including orange-handled Fiskars scissors, early I... More
  • Eliel Saarinen House

  • Finlandia Hall

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    G Adventures

    Formerly GAP Adventures.  Small groups, the use of local transportation and guides, and one-on-one connections are the cornerstones of the company... More
  • Herrankukkaro

  • Hietaniemi Cemetery

    Gravestones dot parks all over the city, and Finns find nothing morbid about strolling through its cemeteries, most of which were designed to doubl... More
  • Karin Hansen

    Years as agent: 35. Specialties: Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, China, Thailand. Consulting fee: From $200. More
  • Kauppatori

    Forage for cloudberries, lingonberries, pickled herring, and smoked salmon sandwiches among the stalls at Helsinki's harborside outdoor food market... More
  • Kola

    The boho neighborhood of Kallio is packed with artsy bars, many of which operate as cafés by day. This one stands out for its vintage-modern chocol... More

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