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There is a long winter in Finland. A very unique experience is a cruise on the Sampo Arctic Ice Breaker and walking on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia (Pohjanlahti). They have cruises during summer, too. See links below.
Tropical Serena Indoor Aqua Park is the biggest indoor water park in Europe. The fully heated bathing areas cover an area of 2.000 square meters. Serena is tropically warm all year round. There are terraced pools, whirlpools, water slides (including a new kind of water slide called Black Hole with lighting effects and sound effects!), a wave pool, a 140 m long River Ride, saunas inside caves in Serena. There are a cave restaurant, a hotel and a large outdoor section in the area, too. The outdoor section includes mat slides, rubber tyre slides, the Death Sea salted pool and tube slides. It is a wonderful place both for children and for adults! You will enjoy it! Serena is located in Espoo (Tornimäentie 10) only 20 kilometers from Helsinki. See links below.
The biggest snow castle in the world (in Kemi, Finland) is enormous: The Snow Hotel, The Castle Courtyard, The Snow Restaurant and the Chapel for weddings etc. The snow castle has already been built in ten winters. See links below.
Snow Land near Rovaniemi is a very unique place: igloo restaurant for 250 persons (ice tables, starlit sky), the chance to make snow sculptures, snow buildings, the arctic disco, the horse farm, ceremonies (wedding) etc. See links below.
The Holiday Village Saarituvat has a special Ice Bar in Rovaniemi. It is worth seeing! See links below.
Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen offers glass and snow igloos for staying overnight. This is the best place for seeing the northern lights (Aurora borealis), too. See links below.
Kerimäki Church is the largest wooden church in the whole world: 45 meters long, 42 meters wide and 37 meters high. There are over 3,000 seats in the church. All together there can be 5,000 people at one time in the church. The church has been built in 1844-1847. Kerimäki is located in Eastern Finland near the city of Savonlinna. See links below.
Bengtskär Lighthouse is the highest (52 meters) lighthouse in the Nordic countries. It was built in 1906 and it is the first lighthouse museum in Finland. You can visit Bengtskär in one day or stay overnight in the old home of the lighthouse keeper! All rooms have a sea view. See links below.
The Lonely Planet Blue List writes that Finland is among ”the Top Ten Nations in the World to Visit in 2007”: ”Cool zone of design in Helsinki, surrounded by remote wilderness areas – Finland is a breath of fresh air on a European adventure”. The Kemi SnowCastle, the Mammut Snow Hotel", in Northern Finland is listed as ”the Most Eccentric Place to Stay in the World”. Besides, Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, were described as ”the World's Most Amazing Natural Phenomenon”.
Aerohot (hot-air balloon flights): http://www.aerohot.fi
Arctic ice breaker tours: http://www.sampotours.com
Bengtskär Lighthouse: http://www.bengtskar.fi
(History and pictures: http://www.bengtskar.com)
(Rotatable images: http://virtual.finland.fi/Picture_Book/360/bengtskarin_majakka.htm)
(Cruises from Hanko to Bengtskär Lighthouse: http://www.rosita.fi)
(Cruises from Hanko to Bengtskär Lighthouse: http://www.hk-service.fi/)
(Cruises from Kasnäs to Bengtskär Lighthouse: http://www.kasnas.com)
Countryside holidays in Finland: http://sites.google.com/site/finlandtravelclub/countryside
Devils's Nest - Pirunpesä (Europe's largest kettle, nature-made hole in a primary rock, 14 meters wide, 23 meters deep, in the municipality of Jalasjärvi): http://www2.jalasjarvi.fi/sivusto.asp?T=1&R=1309
Fantasy Safari (off road jeep safaris near the city of Tampere): http://www.profantasysafari.com/eng/index.html
Finnish food: http://groups.msn.com/FinlandTravelClub/food.msnw
Finnish nature: http://groups.msn.com/FinlandTravelClub/nature.msnw
Gymstick Nordic Walking: http://www.gymstick.net
Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen: http://www.kakslauttanen.fi and http://www.travel.fi/int/kakslauttanen/
Ilmajoki Travel & Program Services - tractor pulled guided tours for groups or by appointment!!! (a route following the Kyrönjoki riverside packed with history, beautiful restored manors and farm houses): http://www.nic.fi/~ferkku/
Important Finland Facts: http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/8c73/83/
Kemi Snow Castle - The biggest snow castle in the world: http://www.snowcastle.net and http://www.santatelevision.com/lapland/en0442/en0442.htm
Photo gallery: http://www.gastrolab.net/s95kemie.htm
Kerimäki Church (the world's biggest wooden church): http://www.kolumbus.fi/kerisrk/kirkkotietoja.htm
Keuruu Ecovillage: http://www.keuruunekokyla.fi/en/index
Kicksledding, snow games, curling and cross-country skiing round the year - also in the summer - in a Finnish primary rock under the Spa Hotel Vesileppis in Leppävirta, between Kuopio and Varkaus: http://www.vesileppis.fi
Lake Päijänne: http://www.lakepaijanne.com
Land Rover Experience (Hämeenlinna): http://www.lre.fi/e-index.html
Lapland (fells, northern lights, nightless days etc.): http://sites.google.com/site/laplandclub/
Martin Safarit (a steam train museum and snowmobile safaris arranged by Martti Vainio known as 3-times Olympic finalist in 5,000 and 10,000 meters running): http://www.martinsafarit.fi/main.html
Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships (in Savonlinna): http://www.savonlinnafestivals.com/en_index.htm
Nokia Town (a place named Nokia - the original home of Nokia Company, the town is situated 18 kilometers from the city of Tampere): http://www.nokiankaupunki.fi/matkailu/foreign_visitors/
Pahkaparatiisi - The Gnarl Paradise - Knorrenparadis (the collection of gnarled wood, over 4000 gnarls in Huittinen): http://www.satakuntatourist.fi/index.php?id=544, http://www.pahkaparatiisi.fi, http://www.pahkaparatiisi.fi/panoraama.html (the panorama), http://www.pahkaparatiisi.fi/galleria/index.htm (the photo gallery)
Rally Center Finland (rally driving in Tuupovaara, the home village of world champion Ari Vatanen, also snowmobile safaris and Russian event & dinner): http://www.rallycenterfinland.fi
Rent the funny sauna boat named "Fin-Duck": http://www.fin-duckrent.fi/?page=home&la=en
Rock Planetarium in Jyväskylä (the world's only planetarium in a primary rock, also saunas for rent): http://www.kallioplanetaario.fi/en/services
Rosala Viking Centre: http://www.rosala-viking-centre.com/english.htm
Saimaa - the largest lake district in Europe: http://www.saimaa.fi , http://www.saimaancharmantit.fi , http://www.gosaimaa.fi , http://www.saimaaholiday.net/ , http://www.sealtrail.com
Sauna Bathing World Championships: http://www.saunaheinola.com and http://k-systems.fi/www/saunaheinola.com/wb/pages/en/sivut1/home.php
Serena - The biggest indoor aqua park (tropically warm water park) in Europe: http://www.serena.fi and http://www.serena.fi/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1&lang=en_EN
Snow Land: http://www.snowland.fi
Snow Village & Snow Hotel Lainio (opens on December 1st every year, Ylläs & Levi): http://www.snowvillage.fi
Swamp Soccer World Championships: http://www.suopotkupallo.fi
Swamp Volley World Championships: http://www.haukivuorentapahtumat.net/swampvolley/index.html
Taivalkoski Nordic Walking Park (Nordic walking in the country of its origin): http://www.nordicwalking.fi
Tango Festival Tangomarkkinat (the biggest music and dance festival in Finland, Seinäjoki): http://www.tangomarkkinat.fi/english/etusivu.htm
The Finnish Textile Route: http://www.etn-net.org/routes/01_scan/finland/
The Tourism Expert (TTE) - Sightseeing: http://www.tte.ch/finland/sightseeing/
The world's biggest "village shop" (3.5 million shoppers every year) in Töysä: http://www.tuuri.fi/englanti.html
The world's most beautiful archipelago: http://groups.msn.com/FinlandTravelClub/archipelago.msnw
Uniq (the Arctic Icebar in the heart of the city of Helsinki, address Yliopistonkatu 5): http://www.helsinki360.fi/ravintolat/seurusteluravintolat/arctic_icebar/arctic_icebar.htm and http://www.labodega.fi/showPage.php?page_id=16
Viking Islands: http://www.vikingislands.com
Wife Carrying World Championships (the length of the official track is 235.5 meters and the track has two dry obstacles and one water obstacle): http://www.sonkajarvi.fi/?deptid=15136
Wild Brown Bear Nature Adventures: http://www.wildbrownbear.fi
Wild Taiga: mammal watching (wild brown bears, wolverines, deer, lynx etc.), bird watching, photo tours, fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling: http://www.wildtaiga.fi
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