The relatively short-lived summer in Helsinki offers the best chance to appreciate the outdoors and sit on one of the popular cafe terraces, or even hit the Hietaniemi Beach, all of which can be enjoyed during the 20 hours of daylight. Strolling around the streets of Helsinki will reveal an Empire-style of architecture. The main shopping street of Aleksanterinkatu, affectionately known as Aleksi, runs towards Mannerheimintie and contains the largest department store in Scandinavia, called Stockmann. Lovers of Nordic design will be thrilled by the Design Museum and the Ateneum Art Museum. A must-see is the Baltic fortress of Suomenlinna.
Tampere is a fast-developing city. The old Finlayson works complex now redeveloped with several bars, museums, shops and cinema, all along the banks of Tammerkoski rapid. Tampere has several attractions and landmarks including the Särkänniemi Adventure Park which features the Näsinneula tower and a revolving restaurant. Get a look behind the history of Tampere at Museum Centre Vapriikki, other interesting attractions include the Pyynikki Observation Tower, Tampere Lenin Museum, Tampere Central Square, Vanha Kirkko and the charming Laukontori Quay. There is a unique Viking-themed restaurant, restaurants serving traditional Alsatian cuisine, mustamakkara (blood sausage), and other international options.
Rovaniemi is a city and municipality of Finland. It is the administrative capital and commercial centre of Finland's northernmost province, Lapland. Because of the unspoiled nature of the area and numerous recreational opportunities, tourism is an important industry in Rovaniemi. The city has a number of hotels and restaurants located both in the centre and on the outskirts of the town.
Rovaniemi is home to not only the University of Lapland but also the Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, which comprises institutes of information and traditional technology, business, health and social care, culinary studies, forestry, rural studies and sports. Rovaniemi's most prominent landmarks include the Jätkänkynttilä bridge, the Arktikum House, the Rovaniemi Town Hall, Northern Lights, the Lappia House which serves as a theatre, concert hall and congress centre, and the library. Rovaniemi is considered by Finns to be the official home town of Santa Claus, and is home to the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle and Santa Park.
Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River. There are ten bridges over the Aura river in Turku. Because of its long history, it has been the site of many important events, and has extensively influenced Finnish history. It was declared the official Christmas City of Finland. Cultural venues in Turku include several theatres, cinemas, and art galleries, and a city philharmonic orchestra. There are numerous museums, such as the Turku Art Museum and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art. The Åbo Akademi University maintains the Sibelius Museum, which is the only museum in Finland specialising in the field of music. The Luostarinmäki handicrafts museum was the first Scandinavian venue to receive the "Golden Apple" tourism award.
Saariselka is a village located in a mountainous area in northern Finland. It is a popular tourist destination, providing activities such as skiing, hiking and a spa. Many couples want to have a "white wedding" in Lapland in the winter when there is snow everywhere. A couple may come to the chapel in a sledge pulled by husky dogs or reindeer. Pyhän Olavin Kappeli (St. Olaf's Chapel) and a small wooden Tievakappeli (Tieva Chapel) near Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä have been popular places for white weddings.