Day trips and pre- and post-congress travelling
Once in Finland, many delegates wish to explore the country, or the neighboring countries, more extensively. There are excellent opportunities for pre-congress and post-congress tours. Visit the Finnish Lapland, discover the Finnish lakes and forests or take a cruise to the neighboring cities of Stockholm or Tallinn.
The Estonian capital Tallinn is only 80 kilometres from Helsinki and is easy to reach by fast ferries in 1 hour. There are excellent connections several times a day. The Old Town with its majestic Toompea Hill and the picturesque buildings are the greatest attraction of this old Hanse town. Have a look at an
A cruise on board in one of the luxury liners operating between Helsinki and Stockholm is an excellent way to combine a visit to the Swedish capital with a pleasant voyage at reasonable cost. The archipelago between Finland and Sweden is one of the most beautiful in the world. Ships sail several times daily between Finland and Sweden. https://www.sales.vikingline.com/destinations/
Lapland – land of the midnight sun and the northernmost part of Finland, is a different, exotic destination. A visit to Lapland’s forests and the vast mountain region, perhaps the last wilderness in Europe, is an unforgettable experience for every nature lover.
During the summer, nature speeds up. The buds burst forth, blossom and then explode into a million vibrant colors. That’s how you’ll feel too! And thanks to the magical Midnight Sun, the experience continues 24/7. This phenomenon is called the Nightless Night. Have you ever seen the sun circling the sky above the horizon night and day? See it in Lapland!
If you have just couple of days time the fastest way to Lapland is by air with daily flight connections from Helsinki Airport. You can also use the convenient Finnish railway network www.vr.fi or rent a car. More information from www.visitfinland.com/lapland and www.onlyinlapland.com.
Finnish Lakes and Forests
Nuuksio is one of the top nature attractions in Finland where you can experience the Finnish nature and the peaceful wilderness. In the National Park live dozens of endangered or near-threatened animals, plants and fungi species.
In Nuuksio, you can also visit Finnish Nature Centre Haltia. The exhibitions in Haltia let you explore all of Finland’s unique nature under one roof. In Haltia you also find a restaurant and café. www.stromma.fi http://www.luontoon.fi/nuuksio
Old Wooden Town of Porvoo
AINOLA, The home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
It is the home of Jean Sibelius from 1904 until his death in 1957. This timber-built villa was designed by the famous Finnish architect Lars Sonck. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle.
For more information www.ainola.fi
World Heritage site Suomenlinna Fortress
Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. The ferry departs from the east side of the Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace. The trip to Suomenlinna takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea.
The ferry is part of the city transport network and all HSL tickets are accepted.
For more information https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/
Temppeliaukio Rock Church
Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu.
The building is often used as a concert hall thanks to the extraordinary acoustics created by the rugged rock surface of the walls. As an altarpiece they use a crack in the rock wall.
Spectacular atmosphere, unique architecture and excellent acoustics make it one of the most popular attractions in Helsinki.
Entrance fee 3 €. During the summer season (June-August) a guided tour on weekdays at 16:00 with no extra charge. (Year 2018)
For more information https://www.temppeliaukionkirkko.fi/en/index/nimi.html