The Lakelands: Places to Explore

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  • Hämeenlinna

    Founded in 1639, Hämeenlinna is the birthplace of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and today further encourages its resident artists with an impressive urban park. Its big castle and small museums make the... Read more

  • Kuopio

    See firsthand Finland's proximity to Russia in Kuopio, with its Russian Orthodox monastery and museum. The area is characterized by forest-covered hills, countless lakes and is a great place for boating... Read more

  • Savonlinna

    One of the larger Lakelands towns, Savonlinna is best known for having the finest castle in all of Finland. The town takes advantage of this stunning attraction by holding major events, such as the annual... Read more

  • Tampere

    From about the year 1000, this was the base traders and hunters set out from on their expeditions to northern Finland; it was not until 1779 that a Swedish king, Gustav III, founded the city itself. In... Read more

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