A month is still on before the yuletide season but before we celebrate the Christmassy Christmas we’ve all been anticipating, let us join the LaIsla Team on a fun-filled escapade in the land situated Northeast of Norway—Finland.
Do more of what makes you happy this November as Finland is more than a country. It is a paradise full of the most interesting things—from modern and historical landmarks to friendly and heart-warming locals.
Join the throng of people as they hop from one attraction to another in Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland. Once declared as the center of mercantilism by King Gustav I of Sweden, Helsinki is now home to the different historical edifices that up until now makes up the unique character of the city. Always the first stop is the Sibelius Monument, a structure made up of more than 600 steel pipes put together to form a wave-like pattern. Another is the Finnish National Theatre, considered as the oldest theatre in the country.
Enter the Helsinki Cathedral, also known as the St. Nicholas’ Church, which was built in honour to Tsar Nicholas I, the Grand Duke of Finland. Have your early Christmas shopping in the Rovaniemi and the Stockmann Department Store. Said to be the official hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi also takes pride in having its very own Santa Claus Village and Santa Park.
Have a date with your partner in Finland’s waterfront where cruising along the marina is made possible by the different motorboats and sailing ships. They give tourists a taste of fresh air and a view of the city from afar. The canal of Ruoholahti is also a best place for a day trip, since the area gives a feeling of serenity thanks to its pristine waters and pleasing surroundings. Lastly, complete your Finnish vacation by visiting the sea fortress of Suomenlinna, built on top of six islands to serve as a military base during war.
It is never too early for a Christmas treat, now that the holiday is barely two months away. So pack your bags and reward yourself with a trip to Finland.