I saw this last night on FamilySearch – 21 Things to Do in Finland to Discover Your Heritage – FamilySearch December 9, 2019: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/things-to-do-in-finland/.
Finland is known for its stunning forests and winter beauty. The country is characterized by two main seasons (summer and winter) and majestic natural landscapes.
Its relatively untouched natural scenery and vibrant cities filled with history make Finland the perfect destination to get in touch with your Finnish ancestry and heritage. You can experience Finland’s natural beauty in much the same way that your ancestors did and visit some charming historical sites to gain a better understanding of your cultural heritage.
Below is a list of many things you can do while in Finland to experience the culture and scenery of Finland.
Cultural Experiences in Finland
Finland’s culture has been influenced by the various surrounding areas, as well as its famed countryside. Here are some ways that you can experience Finnish culture.
2. Siida Museum
Visit Siida to learn a full history of the Sámi, a seminomadic native tribe. You can also see shows about the northern lights at its theater.
3. Käpylä and Vallila
Visit these historic wooden districts in Helsinki to gain an idea of what Finland looked like back in the day.
4. Market Square
Market Square in Helsinki has been a gathering place for merchants since 1889. Enjoy the outdoor market year-round.
5. Ijahis idja
Ijahis idja means “Nightless Night” and is a festival in August that honors the music of the indigenous Sámi.
Nature in Finland
Finland’s natural phenomena are some of the main draws to visitors, and for good reason. Finland offers some of the most spectacular sights, including the northern lights, beautiful lakes, breathtaking forests, and amazing coasts. Here are a few of the top nature sites to see on your trip.
1. Lake Saimaa
As the largest lake in Finland and with the longest coastline in the world, Lake Saimaa offers plenty to explore. It is dotted with over 13,000 islands and features a unique and beautiful species of seal called the Saimaa ringed seal.
2. Högberget Cave
This cave dates back to the Ice Age, and its naturally rounded shape gives it the nickname “Womb of Mother Earth.” It is situated in an area full of beautiful hiking trails.
3. Koli National Park
Koli National Park offers beautiful scenery with rolling hills and lakes. It has fittingly been featured in the work of many artists.
4. Kummakivi Balancing Rock
This large, 8,000-year-old boulder perches precariously atop another rock, looking as though it might fall. Legends say that giants placed the rock there.
5. Oulanka National Park
A lot more included in the above FamilySearch article.