11 Top Instagrammable Places to Visit in Finland
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Are you looking for Instagram worthy places to visit in Finland? You’ve come to the right place.

An amazing scene of a lake with a boat next to it.

Thanks so much to Finnair and Visit Finland for hosting this trip. All opinions are 100% my own.

I had a chance to visit Finland last September and was overwhelmed by the beauty of this country. It is famous for its amazing Finnish culture, rich history, architecture, visual arts, museums, churches, and beautiful nature.

Finland, the happiest place in the world, is a photographers dream and if you are looking for the top instagrammable places to visit in Finland, you’ve come to the right place.

instagrammable places in Helsinki and Rovaniemi, Finland, including Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki, Ranua Zoo, Arctic Igloos in Rovaniemi, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Uspenski Cathedral and more.

I love taking travel photography and I found the best pictures in Finland. Here are 11 of the top instagrammable places in Finland, including Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki, Ranua Zoo, Arctic Igloos in Rovaniemi, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Uspenski Cathedral and more.

Check the best photo spots in Finland! They can easily be taken on a quick day trip. There are tons of Helsinki Instagram spots in Finland!
11 Top Instagrammable Places to Visit in Finland

Bedroom in Hotel Katajanokka

Hotel Katajanokka

Escape the ordinary at one of the top instagramable places in Finland, Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki. This hotel features chic design, unmatched comfort and personalized service in a historic former prison setting, just a short walk from the city. I stayed in a “cell” where the ministers stayed with a beautiful view of the courtyard. A tunnel was discovered on the premises that went through the wall from the men’s cell block on the 3rd floor. You would think this tunnel was for the prisoners to escape, however, it leads to women’s cell No 13 on the same floor. The prisoners had spent two weeks building it.

Check out this video with some clips from how the old days of being locked up changed to nights of sleeping in luxury at Katajanokka.

Long table that would feed prisoners at Hotel Katajanokka
Can you envision prisoners sitting at this long table eating? I can!

Check out this video with some clips from how the old days of being locked up changed to nights of sleeping in luxury at Katajanokka.

Market Square

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Finland is Market Square. It is the central square in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is full of activities, instagrammable picture taking, and family friendly things to do, like visiting Vanha Kauppahalli (also known as Old Market Hall), Helsinki’s Oldest Market hall.

You can even go swimming at Allas Sea Pool ,swim by moonlight, and enjoy natural beauty!

peppers in a basket

I also really enjoyed shopping in the outdoor markets and eating fresh berries and fresh fish like “neulamuikut” (deep fried whitefish).

You can take a ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress ,or you can go on a Ferris wheel with the kids and try the SkySauna. What a great opportunity to take pictures from up high of the city of Helsinki and enjoy the spectacular view!

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

If you just walk around the island you will find a variety of great images to take. From doors, to colourful buildings overlooking the water, to simple shops and unique buildings with character and charm, and beautiful landscapes. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy there time there.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is another popular spot in Finland. Suomenlinna sea fortress is an Unesco World Heritage Site located in the capital city of Helsinki. It is a beautiful landmark that was renamed Suomenlinna (‘Castle of Finland’) in May 1918 to reflect Finland’s independence, and it was annexed to the state of Finland.

Soon, the fortress housed various Defense Forces units and Suomenlinna became a Finnish garrison. There are 6 Museums, including the Toy Museum; my favorite. It’s one of the most amazing places to visit in Finland.

Linnanmaki Fair

Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park where you can enjoy many outdoor activities. This great spot was built after WWII to give the children a childhood. It has many rides of various types and sizes, and Linnanmäki has the most rides in relation to the number of visitors of any Nordic amusement park. Other main attractions include arcades, games, kiosks, restaurants, and an outdoor stage where various artists and performers perform during the summer. The park is open from spring to autumn and attracts over a million visitors each year. Linnanmaki Fair is a very popular place in Finland.

It’s free to get in and any charges for rides go to charity.

There are so many opportunities to take fun, colorful images. You can also buy the famous Finnish chocolate, Fazer or buy cotton candy and watch it being made the old fashioned way. It’s such a beautiful place to visit!

Imagine flying high in this!

Arctic Fox Igloos

Arctic Fox Igloos Arctic Fox Igloos are situated on the naturally beautiful and peaceful shores of Lake Ranuanjärvi, away from the distracting city lights.

Each Igloo provides an unobstructed view of the vast open lake and the northern skies, where the Northern Lights are usually visible. These glass igloos are one of the best spots to take pictures and for good reason.

Each igloo offers an unobstructed view across the open lake to the far-reaching northern horizons. Perfect for picture taking! You can also combine your stay with a variety of activities.

Image of the Norther Lights in Helsinki, Finland at night.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, also referred to as the Aurora Borealis, are a bucket list item for sure! In northern Lapland, the lights shine just about every other clear night between September and March. If the night sky looks clear and starry, you probably have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. My first time shooting them was more exciting with the anticipation of seeing them visually than actually getting a shot. They are beautiful for sure and worth the wait. If you can get a shot – bonus for sure!

If your interested on taking pictures of The Northern Lights, check out this tutorial on How to Photograph the Northern Lights by Reid of DottingTheMap.com.

Huskey sledding at Bearhill Huskey
Bearhill Husky

Bearhill Husky

One of my favorite activities in was husky sledding at Bearhill Husky. It is a family run husky kennel based in Rovaniemi, Lapland. They offer private tours in the winter and lots of activities throughout the year to ensure you spend the best time ever.

a beautiful puppy
Who doesn’t love a puppy shot?

Uspenski Cathedral

Another amazing place to visit in Finland is Uspenski Cathedral. It was built in 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki. It is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, the church is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

There is also Helsinki Cathedral, a Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the neighborhood of Kruununhaka in the center of Helsinki, Finland at the Senate Square.

Of course you wouldn’t take images inside the church out of respect but here’s a video of what to expect if entering.

Ranua Zoo

For animal lovers Ranua Zoo is a good place to visit. At the Ranua Wildlife Park you can see polar bears, as well as 50 different other arctic animal species in the midst of northern woods. Ranua offers accommodation and a variety of program services for an adventuresome holiday trip in the heart of true Lappish wilderness. It’s the perfect place to take your kids to.`

Santa’s Reindeer at Santa Claus Village

I never thought reindeer would be so magical until I fed one. These are domestic reindeer so they come right up to you.

Roka Kitchen and Wine Bar

I couldn’t possibly post about Travel and Instagram without including food. Roka Kitchen and Wine is a very famous place that provides Bistro food in a cozy French atmosphere, Spanish tapas, handmade Italian pasta, flavors and wines around the world all in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Where do you plan on going first?

Check out more places to visit in Finland here.

More spots in Helsinki to visit:

  • Central Railway Station
  • National Library of Finland
  • Allas sea pool
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Levi
  • Tampere
  • Aland Archipelago
  • Kemi
  • Finnish Lakeland
  • Turku
  • Porvoo
  • Savonlinna
  • Finnish Lapland
  • Oulu
  • Helsinki
  • Archipelago National Park
  • Koli National Park
  • Vaasa
  • Åland Archipelago
  • Riisitunturi National Park
  • Temppeliaukio Church

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