Written by Valentina Romano
Finland is known worldwide for being Father Christmas’ birth place and home country.
Everyone must have heard, or seen in movies, the beautiful snowy level grounds and colourful aurora borealis framing Father Christmas’ home.
Well, all this actually exists and it’s not part of a kid’s story or of a movie set!
Indeed, Finland is all about Husky safaris, trekking in the snow and watching the stunning colours filling up the sky at night (aurora borealis).
If you ever want to go on holiday in Finland, then you should check out the following places listed under the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Most of them are not renowned, and this is what makes them so beautiful and unique.
UNESCO picked 7 sites from Finland: 1 natural and 6 cultural. Among these 7, The Golden Scope decided to show you the most beautiful ones – the ones that you definitely cannot miss when there.
Kvarken Archipelago – This is the only natural site under UNESCO World Heritage List. The Kvarken Archipelago is located in the Gulf of Bothnia, in the Baltic Sea and it is composed by 5,600 islands. This place features unusual debris – positioned on every islet – formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, about 10,000 to 24,000 years ago.
Fortress of Suomenlinna – This military fortress was built in the 18th century by the Swedish and it is located at the entrance of Helsinki’s harbour.
Old Rauma – Rauma is one of the oldest harbours in Finland, and it is built around a Franciscan monastery. This old city can be dated back to the 1400s.
Petäjävesi Old Church – This beautiful church was built between 1763 and 1765. Completely made of logs, Petäjävesi is a clear example of how the Scandinavian architecture of the 18th century looked like.
UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF FINLAND
FORTRESS OF SUOMENLINNA
(All photos are from Google.com, and they all belong to their original owners)