All Other Destinations and Attractions in Finland
Near Tenhola, Perniö (Swedish Bjärnå) has a medieval church, much altered in later centuries.
The Pallastunturi Hills lie in the northwest of the country, near the Swedish frontier, in the middle of a chain of hills extending from Yllästunturi (740m/2,428ft) in the south to Ounastunturi (738m/2,421ft) in the north. With their treeless slopes, they are one of Finland's most popular skiing areas. The highest point is Taivaskero (821m/2,694ft); to the northwest is Laukukero (777m/2,549ft), to the east Pallaskero (646m/2,120ft).From Muonio, a trim village at the junction of the Jerisjoki with the Muonionjoki, Road 79 runs east to Rovaniemi. 7km/4.5mi along this road, on the right, is Olostunturi (509m/1,670ft; skiing pistes), with a footpath running up to the top. 5km/3mi beyond this, at Särkijärvi, take a road on the left which climbs through beautiful hill scenery; then at a junction 15km/9mi farther on, where a road goes off on the right to Pallasjärvi, turn left into a road which climbs in 7km/4.5mi to the Pallastunturi Turisthotel, at the foot of Taivaskero (good skiing area; lift). Adjoining the hotel is the National Park information center. Here the midnight sun is visible from May 27 to July 16.
Pallastunturi-Ounastunturi National Park
From the national park information center, a marked trail runs 60km/40mi northwest (five mountain huts provide overnight accommodation) to Enontekiö, with a modern church and a silversmith's workshop.The trail passes through the Pallastunturi-Ounastunturi National Park (area 500sq.km/200sq.mi), an area typical of the barren upland regions of Lapland.
Levi is a popular ski resort featuring 45 runs catering to all levels of skiers. In addition to downhill runs the ski hill also offers cross country skiing areas. There are several hotels and apartments offering onsite accommodation, as well as restaurants, spa, sports center, and much more. Due to the northern latitude Levi offers a long ski season often opening in October and running as late as June.
Music Week, Oulainen, Finland
This music festival began in Oulainen, in 1986 and is held annually for two weeks in late October and early November.The concerts range from folk music to classical to religious.
Etelapohjalaiset Spelit, Lapua, Finland
Lapua hosts an annual folk festival that brings together folk musicians, singers and dancers for a weekend packed with entertainment in mid-July.
Folk Music Festival, Kaustinen, Finland
Kaustinen hosts the annual Folk Music festival. This is a highly-acclaimed annual week-long festival that includes folk dancing, singing and music. Expositions are also held as part of the festival, which takes place each year in July.
From Raasepori Castle various country roads lead to the town of Karjaa (Swedish Karis), on Road 53, which has a large church of undressed stone with 15th century wall and ceiling paintings.Karjaa also hosts the annual multicultural Faces Etnofestival in early August featuring arts, dance performances and international music.
12km/7.5mi from Karjaa, Road 53 intersects with the road to Salo. 3km/2mi along this road is the ore-mining town of Mustio (Swedish Svartå), where iron ore was being worked as early as the 16th century, in the time of Gustavus Vasa. The town still has metalworking industries. The handsome manor house of Mustio was built in the 18th and 19th centuries, following Swedish models. There are other ironworks in the neighboring towns of Pinjainen (Swedish Billnäs) and Fiskari (Swedish Fiskars), both dating from the 17th century and both still working.
Address: Hållsnäsintie 89, SF-10360 Mustio, Finland
Opening hours: Jan 11 to Apr 26: 11am-6pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
May 1 to Sep 15: 11am-6pm
May 1 to Sep 15: 11am-6pm
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €8.00, Students €7.00, Senior €7.00, Child 12 & under €2.00
Useful tips: Outside the posted hours, groups may visit the manor by appointment.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: On-site accomodations, Restaurant or food service
Near Mustio, Fiskari has an interesting museum (industrial history; living conditions of the workers).
Kalenat - International Folklore Festival
Ilmajoki - Musical Festival
The Ilmajoki Music Festival is considered one of the biggest international festivals hosted by Finland.The festival was first organized in 1974, and has become famous for its folk operas. Also featured are traditional concerts and art exhibitions.
Sata-Hame Accordion Festival, Ikaalinen, Finland
Ikaalinen has a spa that dates back over 100 years and it is a popular tourist resort town. Visitors come to enjoy the spa, folk music and the beautiful landscape. Accordion music is a tradition in Ikaalinen.The annual festival celebrates Finland's national instrument, the accordion. The festival runs for 10 days in mid-June, drawing almost 50,000 visitors to Ikaalinen every summer. The festival is celebrated in the local parks and old wooden houses, featuring both local musicians and internationally-acclaimed musicians.The repertoire ranges from traditional Finnish accordion music to folk, polka and light music.The festival ends with a competition.
Ähtäri-Ikaalinen Sata-Häme Ski Trek
Ähtäri-Ikaalinen Sata-Häme Ski Trek is in February.
20km/12.5mi from Riihimäki, on the Salpausselkä ridge, is Hyvinkää (pop. 38,000), an old railroad town, with an interesting railroad museum. In the old cemetery are the graves of some 500 railroad workers. Near the station is a monument by Wäinö Aaltonen, "The Railroad Builders" (1957).An item of special interest in the railroad museum is the private train of the Czar of Russia.Hyvinkää is noted for its two golf courses that attract numerous Scandinavian golf enthusiasts. Each summer the town hosts a summer festival that features rock bands and over 10,000 visitors.
A striking feature of the Hyvinkää is the tent-shaped modern church (by Aarno Ruusuvuori, 1961).