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Finland Popular Destinations

Arktikum Museum

Arktikum is a science centre and museum that lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. Housing the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre and the Regional Museum of Lapland, we stimulate thought, encourage debate, and provide a deeper understanding of the Arctic.

See, explore and enjoy the Arctic stories shared through our experiential exhibitions and events!



Rovaniemi, Finland

Santa Claus Village

Every child knows that Santa Claus, or Joulupukki in Finnish, lives right here, in Lapland! He can be found in his office every day of the year and YOU can visit him. Every day a huge number of letters arrive at Santa’s Main Post Office. In 1994 Santa received 200,000 letters and just four years later, 800,000 letters. Santa’s elves sort all the letters and help Santa to read every single one of them. Then at Christmas or on New Year’s Day, under their Christmas tree, excited children all over the world delight in finding the exact toy or game they have for from asked Santa Claus!

Santa Claus Village is the most magical place all year round, for both children and adults alike. There is something for everyone here. After posting letters at Santa's Post Office, you can buy gifts and souvenirs. In winter you can experience the excitement of a short safari in a sleigh pulled by reindeer or huskies, ride a sledge downhill and taste hot glöggi (mulled wine) in the Ice Bar. Of course, you will meet Santa Claus and share with him your dreams and wishes. There are so many things to do! Don't forget to cross the Arctic Circle! Take a photograph of this important event and remember to get your certificate to prove it! Our tour continues at Santa Park - a unique, themed amusement complex built in a cave deep inside the Syvasenvaara fell and opened to the public at Christmas 1998. Enjoy theatrical performances, side-shows, games, exhibitions and souvenir shops. Maybe enjoy a drink in the Ice Bar and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Christmas fairy tale, New Year adventures and amazing Lappish culture.

Open every day of the year!

Rovaniemi, Finland


Posio is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 3,470 (31 March 2016) and covers an area of 3,544.95 square kilometres (1,368.71 sq mi) of which 506.14 km2 (195.42 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.14 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.0/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Ranua, Salla, Kuusamo, Taivalkoski and Pudasjärvi.

The European route E63 runs through the northern-eastern parts of the municipality.

Korouoma canyon and natural reserve is located in Posio.

Posio's most renowned attractions are the Pentik-mäki Culture Centre, Riisitunturi National Park, Korouoma Nature Reserve, and the clear waters of lakes Kitkajärvi and Livojärvi. There are also many outdoor recreational things to do in Posio.

The world's northernmost ceramics factory is located in Posio. Pentik Oy interior design company was established in 1971 by Anu and Topi Pentikäinen.

Regular events in Posio are Posion messut, Teatterihelinät, and Traditional Fish Fair (Muikkumarkkinat) in July.

Kuusamo, Finland


Pori offers every traveller plenty to see, experience and enjoy. The seaside city by the Kokemäenjoki River, founded in 1558, boasts a colourful history. In the earlier days, European cultural influences and luxury items, such as spices, fine wines and fabrics, arrived to Western Finland via Pori.

During its history, Pori has burnt down nine times. The latest fire, in 1852, destroyed three quarters of the city’s buildings. The wide avenues that intersect the city date from this time. Their purpose was to prevent fires from spreading from one part of the city to the next. Today, Pori is a lively city with a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for energetic leisure activities and family holidays as well as pampering and quieting down, either alone or with company. Experiences in the peaceful nature and in the vicinity of water can easily be combined with cultural events in the vibrant city centre.

The most significant building surviving the last fire is the Pori city hall, of which only a tower was destroyed. The neoclassical building, completed in 1841, was designed by the famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel. The building’s value is emphasised by the historically beautiful Raatihuone Park, spreading out right in front of the building.

In the years following the fire, the wealthy bourgeois paid for the construction of valuable stone houses in Eteläranta by the Kokemäenjoki River. This paved way for Kivi-Pori, a district of buildings constructed in the Neo-Renaissance style, its magnificent architecture still adorning the shores of the city’s river.

The most well-known event in the city is Pori Jazz Festival, one of Europe’s largest jazz festivals and one of the best summer events in Finland. For decades, Pori Jazz has drawn international stars to perform in Kirjurinluoto’s idyllic park environment every July.

Pori, Finland


Naantali is Finland's most popular tourist town, and one you will fall in love with on your very fist visit and for ever after. The sea and archipelago cast their spell over the whole town, as do its rich history and modernity. The townscape is dominated by the Convent Church and, on three sides, the sea. The Guest Harbour in the centre of town and the inviting cafés and restaurants along the waterfront create an atmosphere evocative of Mediterranean evenings. The wooden houses in the old part of the town, the good places to eat, the charming boutiques, the quaint little lanes, the galleries and characterful inns explain why people keep coming back to Naantali.

Travellers were already discovering Naantali back in the 15th century, when pilgrims made their way to the Brigittine nunnery. Also dating from that era is the town's delightful, irregular layout, said to follow the paths once trodden by the pilgrims. Naantali's fame as a spa town has its roots in the 18th century, when people came to take the waters. Even today, Naantali is still possibly the Finnish spa town best-known to foreigners.

The Naantali Music Festival has been heralding in the Finnish festival season ever since 1980. The historical Convent Church provides a unique concert setting for the superb musicians who transport their listeners to the land of music. Chamber music is also performed in the idyllic little churches in the nearby region.

Kultaranta, the official summer residence of the Finnish President, is one of the most popular Naantali tourist attractions. The granite palace and its magnificent garden ablaze with thousands of roses tempt numerous visitors each year. Also at home in Naantali are the Moomins, the lovable characters who lead such a mundane but crazy life on their very own island.

Come to Naantali and bring along family, friends and colleagues. Treat your clients to an experience they will never forget. They cannot fail to enjoy it. Once you have decided to pay Naantali a visit, contact Naantali Tourist Service. The office there will propose a tailored package complete with prices, accommodation, concert tickets, restaurant bookings and anything else you may request. Naantali Tourist Service has years of experience as a professional agent for tourist services in and around Naantali, and all for no extra cost.

Naantali, Finland

Ylläs Ski Resort

Ylläs is home to the longest runs in Finland. With 63 slopes and 29 lifts Ylläs is the largest resort in Lapland and Finland. Ylläs also has excellent snowpark areas, super-G slope and off-piste slopes. For snowboarders Ylläs is a dream come true with many possibilities. Ylläs is also one of the most popular places among telemark skiers and off-piste skiers with several fells of untouched snow.

Yllas, Finland


The Luosto tourist area is a 90-minute drive from Rovaniemi. Luosto is known for its unique log cabin surroundings and beautiful landscapes as well as the Aurora Borealis. 
If your holiday plans for the summer, or for the autumn foliage season are still open, here are a few good reasons to come to Luosto!

Pyhä-Luosto National Park

The Pyhä-Luosto National Park is known particularly for its range of fells 35 kilometres in length, and comprising 12 summits. It is a relic of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth. The park offers good possibilities for day trips or small hikes in all seasons. You can start getting acquainted with the national park at the information point in the lobby of Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi, or at the Pyhä-Luosto Visitor and Culture Centre Naava.

Lampivaara amethyst mine

The only operating amethyst mine in Europe is located in the immediate vicinity of the Luosto Fell Centre. The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine is probably one of the only gemstone mines in the world where visitors are welcome. In the mine on the slopes of the fell you will be guided to the fascinating world of stones. You will hear stories that have been passed on over thousands of years, and you will get the chance to dig out your own lucky amethyst. 

Lapland Hotel Luostotunturin Amethyst spa

It is always warm in the Amethyst Spa, no matter what the weather.  The gentle waves of grouse-shaped multi-purpose pool, and the various massage points and the jacuzzi in the amethyst cave bring the heat of the tropics to the area. The sauna section has both a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath.

Pyhä-luosto, Finland

Pyhä Ski Resort

The Ski Centre Pyhätunturi, or Pyhä, is situated in Pelkosenniemi Municipality in Finnish Lapland. It’s situated next to the famous Pyhä-Luosto National Park and it’s known for it’s excellent ski slopes and down-to-earth charm.
The opening goal for the slopes for winter 2015/2016 is 13th of November 2015 and the season continues until 9th of May.


9 lifts, 14 slopes
New PyhäExpress detachable 6-seater
Elevation 280 m, peak 500 m
Longest slope 1800 m
Lift capacity 10400 skiers per hour
Same ski pass is valid at Ruka as well

Pyhä is easily accessible from Rovaniemi Airport, which is the fifth biggest airport in Finland by annual number of passengers, and is situated just in the Arctic Circle. Finnair and Norwegian fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.
From the airport you can reserve a taxi transportation from us, or use the SkiBus, which goes to Pyhä via Luosto.
You can also come by train from Helsinki to Kemijärvi.
Rovaniemi – Pyhä 130km
Kemijärvi – Pyhä 50km

Pyhä-luosto, Finland

Saariselkä Ski Resort

Saariselkä Resort is located in the municipality of Inari in Northern Lapland. It is a compact, international village with Lappish spirit.

Saariselkä lies in the middle of magnificent fell scenery by the Urho Kekkonen National Park. The resort is a cluster of services and activities, yet only a couple of steps from the peace and tranquillity of the wilderness.

You don’t need a car in Saariselkä: everything from the ski centre to nature trails, the spa, hotels and restaurants are within a walking distance. Thanks to good travel connections, other unique destinations of Northern Lapland are easy to reach.


Take your team to the home of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun to combine arctic energy with relaxing moments. Saariselkä is the northernmost holiday resort in the world, 260 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and one of the oldest ski resorts in Finland, well-known for its high quality services.

Saariselkä has five high seasons: summer, autumn colour, first snow, Christmas/mid-winter and the spring skiing season. Eight hotels, 10 activities companies, 29 restaurants and a variety of shops make sure all needs are catered for.


Activities include both cross-country and downhill skiing, dog sled tours, reindeer rides, snowmobile safaris, snowshoeing and a score of other snow-based activities. Outside the snowy seasons, gold panning, trekking, hiking and fishing are popular pastimes.

The region around Saariselkä is a hub for the indigenous Sámi culture of Lapland. In the village of Inari, an hour north from Saariselkä, lies Siida, a centre for congresses, Arctic nature and Sámi culture that is well worth a visit.

Ivalo, Finland

Ruka Ski Resort

Every visit to Ruka and Kuusamo is the beginning of a new adventure, where unique experiences come to life to the rhythm of the changing seasons. Many who have experienced the magic of one winter or summer holiday here are already planning their next escape into Kuusamo’s thrilling wilderness.
Ruka is full of winter fun and lappish experiences. Enjoy well maintained slopes, efficient ski lifts and stunning views. The ski season lasts more than 200 days. The multifaceted ski area is suited for children, adults, beginners and experts.

With the largest beginner area in the country and a huge selection of activities, Ruka is perfect for families. Ruka has been awarded the title of Finland’s best ski resort and it is easy to see why. The skiing is excellent, the car-free village is attractive and the resort has an unmistakeable character.

In Ruka centre, located at the base of the main slopes and you’ll find bars, restaurants and good quality hotels within a stone’s throw of the lifts. There’s plenty of life to it throughout but it’s welcoming at all times. Just outside the village centre are traditional log cabins, with wood fires and private saunas.

The slopes are quiet - even late in the afternoon you can take your pick of freshly-groomed runs - and the lifts stay open late. This means you don’t have to take a day off from skiing if you want to try other activities.

For the more adventurous skier or snowboarder, there are three parks, a superpipe and a freestyle centre - used for the Freestyle World Championships in 2005. When you need a break, head to one of the wooden huts around the slopes and warm up in front of an open fire.

As well as the skiing, most people visit Ruka for the additional activities - you can take your pick from a long list. Finland is the home of Santa and a visit to his secret cottage is a must. Other popular activities include dog sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides. All the activities start in the village centre and you get your thermal suits and boots thrown in. There are activity packs that include a selection of our most popular activities, or you can mix and match to create your perfect holiday.

Kuusamo, Finland