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Finland Popular Places to Visit

Kuopio Market Square

In the summer season, you must go to the Kuopio market square. It’s bulging with people, joyful chanting, flowers, berries, vegetables, local pastries and much more. The events kick off on Friday with delicious street food and live music. 

Kuopio, Finland

Kuopio Market Hall

The Market Hall in Kuopio has been selling local and imported products since 1902. The Art Nouveau style Market Hall building is one of the most precious buildings in Kuopio, and inside there are around 30 stalls. You’ll find a good selection of speciality products in the Market Hall, topped off with friendly service.

Kuopio, Finland

Old Kuopio Museum

Old Kuopio Museum consists of a block of eleven old wooden houses. The oldest buildings on the block are from the late 1700s and the youngest from the late 1800s. Their interiors represent living conditions and living styles of different families from the 1800s to the 1930s. In addition, there is a pharmacy house, an exhibition hall and a room dedicated to the renowned local author Minna Canth.

Most of the museum buildings are not wheelchair accessible because of staircases, narrow doorways and high thresholds. However, the building consisting of the exhibition hall and conference rooms (building 1) has a wheelchair entrance and a wheelchair accessible restroom. The restroom also has a changing table for our younger visitors.

History

Kuopio was fairly completely a wooden house city until the mid-1900s. The city never had to face widespread fires that destroyed many similar cities in Finland and even bomb strikes during war times didn’t demolish much of Kuopio.

The block’s known history begins already in the 1650s even if the oldest of the eleven houses in the museum is from the late 1700s and the youngest from the late 1800s. The museum is located in the neighbourhood of the oldest urban settlement in Kuopio. One of its typical characters is that both richer and poorer people lived on the same block and this has also given a natural onset for converting it into a versatile museum location.

The beginning stages of the founding of the Old Kuopio Museum started in the 1960s when there was much public discussion on protecting the built environment since much of the old wood-house Kuopio was disappearing. In 1972, the city made its final decision to found the museum and it was opened in 1982. The pharmacy building was added to the museum complex in the 1990s.

Kittilä, Finland

The Monastery Of Valamo

The monastery of Valamo, under the jurisdiction of the Finnish Orthodox Church, was evacuated from Russia in 1940 in the turmoil of the Second World War, and the 200 monks found a new home at Papinniemi in Heinävesi. After a quieter period, the monastery began to flourish in the 1970s; a new church was built and the church began to attract new novices. The brotherhood lives as a spiritual commune, which has its roots in the traditional asceticism of the Orthodox Church.

The growing number of tourists has changed the primary livelihood of the monastery: it is now the centre of Finnish orthodox culture and a popular tourist attraction. The monastery has over 160,000 visitors per year, and it is a popular place for celebrations and meetings. All profits made are directed to the maintenance and development of the monastery.

The monastery of Valamo is open all year round.

Kuopio, Finland

Riisi

The Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, which was established in Kuopio in 1957, is derived from the Collection of Ancient Objects founded at the Monastery of Valamo in 1911. Most of the exhibits, which consist mainly of icons, sacred objects, and liturgical textiles, are from the monasteries and congregations of Karelia: a region in southeast Finland that was partially ceded to the Soviet Union in connection with the Second World War. Objects in the museum are mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The museum’s icon collection consists of about 800 icons made in various styles and using a number of different materials and techniques. The icons depict things subjects like Christ, the Mother of God and other holy persons and events. The most extensive portion of RIISA’s collections is made up of textile objects, nearly 4000 of them. The oldest of the museum’s textiles dates back to the 16th century, though the majority of them are from the 19th century. The museum also has an extensive archive of photographs documenting the history of the Orthodox Church.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum offers yearly seasonal exhibitions. These theme-based exhibitions are aimed to introduce the variety of ecclesiastical art of the Eastern Christian Church.

RIISA is one of the most notable Orthodox church museums in Europe. The intention of RIISA is to preserve, study and display the unique cultural heritage of the Orthodox Church of Finland and to use this heritage for educational purposes.

Kuopio, Finland

Puijo Tower

Puijo hill is the famous landmark of Kuopio, and the ridge of Puijo is among the most popular recreation areas of the city. The hill is 150 meters high, has an observation tower at its peak and is situated close to the city centre of Kuopio, Puijo observation tower, Tower restaurant, and Hotel Puijon Maja

Puijo Tower provides you with magnificent Finnish scenery and cuisine – not to mention the best window seats! The revolving tower indulges you with views over Kuopio in the middle of the Lakeland. You can order from á la carte menu all day.

 

 

Kuopio, Finland

Ruoppakongos

Located about 22 km from Sirkka to Muonio in the Kulkujoki River, 200 meters from the road. Ruoppaköngäs is a natural attraction in Kittiilä which is made up of scenic rock formations, rock, and riverside.

Kittilä, Finland

Taatsin Seita

An inventory of cultural-history sites in Kittilä, Lapland, this summer has turned up signs of ancient livelihoods. The survey is being carried out on lands controlled by the forest management agency Metsähallitus.

Many previously-unknown ancient dwelling sites have been discovered in Metsähallitus forestry tracts in northern Kittilä.

Parts of hearths have been found near a standing stone known as Taatsin Seita in the village of Pokka, which is believed to have been a sacrificial site.

The sections of central fireplaces have been dated to between 600 and 1600 AD. Other finds include foundations of turf tepees known as kotas and dwellings that indicate there was the long-term residence in the area extending from the Stone Age to the historical era.

A complex system of snares

Traces of the locals’ livelihood have been found, including a number of dugout trap systems, the largest of which may include more than 50 snare pits.

Taisto Karjalainen of Metsähallitus says these are some of the most extensive trapping systems ever found in Finland. This procedure to catch game required an organized community, careful planning, division of labour and a relatively large number of hunters, Karjalainen says.

Taatsin Seita, a megalith which stands on the shores of Taatsijärvi, has been considered a sacred site by Lapland’s indigenous Sámi people.

Karjalainen says it is difficult to say how long the stone has been standing there, or anything about its early history. Archaeological digs at the foot of the megalith uncovered bones ranging in age from 900 to just 80 years old.

Kittilä, Finland

Sarestoniemi Museum

Särestöniemi Museum in Kaukonen in Kittilä introduces the art, childhood home, and working environment of Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981). The museum’s collection consists of nearly five hundred works by Särestöniemi, most of the oil and watercolor paintings and pastel drawings but also including wood drawings and etchings. In addition, the collection includes drawings, drafts, and sketchbooks. The exhibited works change once or twice a year following a thematic pattern.

Särestöniemi museum has been open to the public since 1985. Its operation is being maintained by Särestöniemi Museum Foundation. The basis of the museum’s collection is the donation made by Reidar Särestöniemi’s brother Anton Särestöniemi (1921-1997).

The Old Särestö is The Childhood Home of Reidar Särestöniemi. The farmhouse represents the traditional way of building in Northern Finland. The grandfather of Reidar Särestöniemi, Heikki Kaukonen, bought the farm in the late 19th century. The main building was built in 1873. The opposite building is a stall and next to it is a cow barn. The river is called the Ounasjoki River and before the road was built it was the only way to reach Särestö. The road was built in 1985 at the same time as the museum was founded.

Kittilä, Finland

Snow Village

Each year, around 20 million kilos of snow and 350 000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice are used to build the spectacular SnowVillage which changes in shape, size, and design to amaze visitors year after year.

Covering an area of about 20 000 square meters, the SnowVillage consists of a Snow Hotel, with snow rooms and suites, Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar and Ice Chapel. For weddings, couples can get married in an Ice Chapel with furnishings made of ice. Last year, the entire hotel was Game Of Thrones-themed – with rooms designed by sculptors from Russia, Poland, Latvia and Ukraine, designs included a life-sized iron throne with swords, a scary Braavosi Hall of Faces and a White Walker with glowing blue eyes.

Kittilä, Finland