We basically categorize the world countries into four categories –eastern, western, northern and southern. Well it’s a relative categorization. Since for Asian countries western countries are the European ones, while say, for France they might be basically Portugal and Spain. Whatever it is, all these categories are set up to show the difference as well.
Our focus of interest is Finland and if we place its eastern, western, northern and southern parts under review, we will see that although they share the same Finnish culture and history, they are different. Even the culture and history at some moment start appearing differently. As for example the northern part of Finland might have been at war, while the Southern not at the same time, so if you separate then those “regions” might have even different histories with a common background. Even the habits might differ and thus the people’s attitude as well.
On the whole, if we compare the northern and southern parts of Finland, then there are weather differences, it’s colder in the northern part than in the southern; the north seems to be covered with permanent snow, while the south has more chances to enjoy the green of spring and the blue of the sky with the sun smiling from high above. Overall, both the north and the south are wonderful; the north embraces the magic of the Santa Claus and the south – the warmth and colors of the seasons.
Southern Finland is not so popular with the tourists since the capital Helsinki, and major cities as well as Lapland have managed to take over the hearts of tourists to Finland. However, if you dare to go beyond the set and known site you will eventually open a new world; a world which is interesting, modest and exciting.
Vantaa is a lot like Bilbao. Just like the latter Vantaa is a modern and innovative city. In general, Vantaa is located quite close to the capital and therefore it does not require any special planning. You can get there by bus or by train. If you would like to get their even earlier, then by train is a better option.
What to do? Those who have little or no knowledge of Vantaa should visit Vantaa City Museum presenting the history of Vantaa. Note many people understand the core of contemporary art, but if you love it, then visit Vantaa Art Museum. Church of St. Lawrence is one of the most popular Finnish churches. It should be mentioned that the Church is one of the most favorite venues for Finnish people, especially Finnish couples who choose to get married in exactly this church dating to 1460s. So chances are high you will manage to witness a Finnish wedding.
No matter you are traveling alone or with your family you should make sure to visit Flamingo Leisure Center and Jumbo Shopping Center. It includes a water park, spa and wellness center, bowling, various restaurants, night club and so on. If you happen to visit Vantaa on Tuesday or Thursday, then plan your day so as to visit Tulisuudelma. It’s a dance club and restaurant with live music on the mentioned days.
Vihti is for people who love and appreciate the beauty and power of nature. Although the city has a number of museums and attractions (Granary Museum, 19th century farm equipment and utensils; Vihti Church, dating to 1772; Galleria Pictor, presents Finnish and international art), you will absolutely love the activities it offers. It seems to be a sports city and everybody seems to be involved in outdoor recreational and adventurous activities. Among many things, Vihti offers paddling, swimming, golfing, Nordic skating and so on.
Nuuksio National Park is one of the best national parks in Southern Finland where you will find astounding beauty and immense serenity is located here. And if you wonder it’s one of the top things to see in Finland.
Seeking romance or love in Finland? Neither Helsinki, nor any other place will offer as many opportunities as Hanko will. There is even a path known as the Path of Love. It offers mesmerizing views of the sea and the city. Kayaking, sailing and windsurfing are three activities not to miss on your visit to Hanko, especially if you are traveling with your loved one.
A piece of advice to all the visitors of this small city would be to walk as much as you can. If you dare, we would also recommend taking off your shoes and walk barefooted to feel the soil under your feet and the soul of this city closer.