Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is located on the south coast of the country, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland and it is part of the Uusimaa region. The influences of Russia and Sweden are present in the daily life of Helsinki; Architecture, gastronomy and customs, attest to a past under the control of these countries. If you want to visit Finland we recommend having your base in Helsinki and then moving across the country by road. At Helsinki International Airport you can rent a car at a very low price and the state road network is very good.
From the capital we can travel to other places: Turku, Pori, Porvoo, Tampere... It is worth travelling by car along the coast of Helsinki, as near the Baltic Sea the coastline extends for about 100 kilometres and welcomes 300 islands off the mainland. From Turku we can travel, for example, to the Aland Islands, an area worth visiting. From the Turku archipelago we can enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Finland.
On the west coast of Finland we can banish the image of a frozen country, as the West Coast is full of beaches. In this territory we will be able to see coastal towns full of maritime tradition with a rustic air that tourists love. From there we will go to the area of Pori, where we will find Yyteri, known as the most beautiful beach in Finland.
The southern part of Finland is one of the most visited by tourists. The most prominent cities in the south are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Porvoo. All these places are very close to each other and car trips are the best option as they allow you to stop at the places you like and enjoy them without rushing. It is a good idea to visit the city of Naantali, which has a very characteristic old town where you can spend a good day knowing its history and culture. Additionally, it is a good place to try the traditional gastronomy.
Karelia is an area surrounded by forests and natural parks, and in Finland this means wild nature in its purest state. When travelling to Karelia it is almost an obligatory visit to go by the hills of Koli, where to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Pielinen. In Finland, it is considered that these views are one of the marks that identify the nature of the country. Another well-visited destination in this area is the Hossa and Kuusano Natural Park where we can enjoy the wild, beautiful and natural part of Karelia.
The Region of the thousand lakes actually has almost 200,000 lakes and is located in central Finland. When visiting the area it is recommended to go to Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland. Other interesting and peculiar places are Pyhäjärvi Lake in Tampere, and Lake Päijänne in Lathi. And do not forget to visit us to know more incredible places.