The country has a growing reputation for being daring when it comes to food. Bold flavours and ingredients show Finland’s spirit of innovation and creativity. Two things that the Finnish people enjoy as a whole are saunas and coffee. So, if you like both of these, you’re well on your way to Scandinavian paradise! The country is regularly rated as the happiest and safest in the world, as well as one of the most open-minded. All of which marks Finland down as a wonderfully warm and welcoming destination.
Popular ports in Finland
Helsinki is Finland’s capital city and its port is one of the busiest in Europe when it comes to passenger traffic. Helsinki sits within southern Finland, on the tip of a peninsula, creating an identity and atmosphere that’s heavily influenced by water.
Arts and culture are also very strong influences on the city, with it being home to a huge number of museums, galleries, theatres and festivals. You certainly won’t struggle to find somewhere to eat in Helsinki, as there are bistro-style eateries and restaurants dotted all over the city. Sample some delicious traditional Finnish dishes made from locally sourced produce, such as pickled herring and kaalikääryleet (cabbage rolls).
Despite being a creative hub for innovative architecture and modern designs, quiet beaches and a diverse archipelago of islands are within easy reach of Helsinki city centre. The most popular islands to visit include Pihlajasaari and Seurasaari.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Finland?
A holiday to Finland is a special experience that you’ll never want to forget, so travel on a cruise ship that’s sure to get you there comfortably and stylishly.
Set sail with a Marella Explorer cruise and enjoy a huge range of dining and entertainment options onboard this stylish ship. There are 10 restaurants and 10 bars, allowing you to treat yourself to whatever you fancy. The Indigo bar is one of the best places to take in the beautiful sea views and is also just as impressive by night, as it turns into a nightclub and casino.
There’s also plenty to keep you relaxed and comfortable. A spa offers luxury treatments and The Veranda is an adults-only space that features day beds, pod chairs and sun loungers. There’s a kids’ club for the children and a varied schedule of family entertainment. Choose an all-inclusive package that offers particularly great value for money.
Shore excursion ideas
The variety of natural wonders and modern attractions are almost endless in Finland, so make sure you explore as much of the country as you possibly can.
Take a city tram ride
You arrived at Helsinki by water; now see the city from dry land. Hop on a vintage tram and enjoy a relaxed journey that takes you around Helsinki’s most interesting areas. It’s also a very cost-effective way to get around the city, not to mention a delightful one. You can easily buy tickets from the tram stops before you get on board and trams come along pretty frequently. A 20-minute ride will see you take in a variety of attractions and sites, including Uspenski Cathedral and many other historical buildings. Take a guided tour for an even more in-depth experience.
Visit Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
This open-air museum is open throughout summer and autumn and offers a fascinating glimpse into traditional Finnish life on the island of Seurasaari. Structures you’ll find dotted around this recreation of an old village are charming wooden houses, farm buildings, a windmill and a chapel. The countryside that surrounds the museum is idyllic and you can easily reach it on foot after taking a tram or bus from the city centre. The woodland walk is a journey in itself and offers particularly stunning scenes when the plants and trees are in full bloom.
Go to foodie heaven at Hakaniemi Market
Hakaniemi Market offers a feast for the senses and gives you an insight into Finnish culture through the food that’s popular here. The old market hall is a Helsinki institution, having opened back in 1914. There are two floors full of stalls selling all sorts of fresh and local produce, such as fish, vegetables, fruit, pastries and bread. Don’t be surprised to see cured reindeer meat and moose meatballs on sale, too! You can also pick up traditional handicrafts and souvenirs as you stroll around the market and rub shoulders with locals also looking for bargains and interesting items.
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