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Southern Finland is a former province that can be found in the beautiful Finland, being comprised of six regions and 72 municipalities. It offers access to the Gulf of Finland and it is bordered by the province of Western Finland and Eastern Finland. This side of the country is dominated by the urban agglomeration of the city of Helsinki and even though it spreads on a rather small territory, it is the most populous area in Finland. Also known as Etelä-Suomen Lääni, it is a picturesque location of northern Europe, where Helsinki, Hameenlinna, Kotka, Porvoo, etc., are popular destinations due to national historical heritage, natural beauty and medieval attractions.
The National Park of Nuuksio attracts nature lovers from all over the world, as well as photographers and hikers. Travellers who wish to explore Southern Finland will be charmed by this area’s well-preserved historical vestiges, fortresses and outstanding architectural styles. An old culture is reflected in local festivals and events, as well as in this place’s delicious gastronomy. The tastes of Finland can be tasted in traditional and gourmet restaurants that can be found in city centres or idyllic towns, on the coastline or on the mainland.
Tourists who are eager to explore most of Southern Finland’s exquisite places, are encouraged to visit the Fortress of Suomenlinna, the Rock Church, the Lutheran Cathedral, the Upenski Cathedral, the Kamppi Chapel of Silence and many more famous attractions, all situated in the heart of Helsinki. Also, the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, the Parikkala Sculpture Park in Parikkala, the Sandcastle Lappeenranta or the Runeberg Home in Porvoo are just a few of the top choices of travellers who choose to visit this impressive destination. Southern Finland is a balanced combination of modern and ancient attractions that enchant those who have a taste for history yet are comfortable in luxurious places. Also, it is a wonderful landing-place for active tourists who enjoy practising winter sports like skiing. Lahti is one of the most popular such destinations and it is well known for its winter resorts such as the Messila Ski Resort. When it comes to historical attractions, Porvoo is an excellent journey’s end, giving the fact that it is the second oldest settlement in Finland where austere structures like the Cathedral of Porvoo or the Porvoo Museum can be visited.
Numerous natural sights can be found in this idyllic location, in hidden spots and exposed ones, such as the Repovesi Valkmusa National Park in the region of Kymenlaasko, the Torronsuo and Liesjarvi National Parks, the Ekenas Archipelago and so many other natural treasures with a mixed fauna and flora. Active tourists will be able to fulfil their desires and practise amazing sports while admiring surreal panoramas of the Baltic Sea or the Gulf of Finland. Horse riding, trekking, canoeing, hunting, extreme sports, guided fishing tours, sightseeing tours, safaris, etc., are just a few of tourists’ favourite activities during the stay in Southern Finland.
All tourists who are looking to spend unique vacations in northern Europe are encouraged to add this region to their must-visit list.
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