The Best of Finland


It’s been three weeks since I landed on Europe for Runaway Europe project. The destination #2 was Finland and I fell in love with the country. It was a brief itinerary for five days starting with Tampere, Turku and finished with Helsinki. Finland was always a very wild travel destination for me, even thought it only takes several hours of flight away from Seoul. The wooden design, birch tree, the rumor that Finnish people always chew gum right before bed (I confirmed this is not true from a Finnish friend), sauna, and the tall people – everything about it. Finally, I stepped on a northern country, and I’m already thinking about going back.


Finnish sauna, Finnish design, Finnish food, the language, the laid back people, beautiful scenery… everything about the country was just clicked with me. For the five days, I keep promising myself to come back here sometime soon.





Tampere is not so much a popular destination in Finland for foreign travelers, yet.  It’s a university town, and it attracts travelers with a pleasant atmosphere. The best part of Tampere was visiting Rauhaniemi sauna. After spending few minutes in the steamy sauna, the cold lake couldn’t be better to cool down. My friend Ville said ‘Tampere is the nicest city in Finland’ and I can’t argue with that.


Must visit: Tammelantori market place and Rauhaniemi beach public sauna.

Must eat: Mustamakkara – the black sausage


Fried potato and sausage with a massive amount of gravy on the top. The best hangover food in Tampere, possibly in Finland.
Fried potato and sausage with a massive amount of gravy on the top. The best hangover food in Tampere, possibly in Finland.
Mustamakkara - the black sausage
Trying local beer and food in Tampere at Plevna
Beautiful riverside view with an industrial skyline
Sunny day in Tampere downtown
Muikku - fried fish
Tampere is famous for their industrial skyline.
Alexander's Church in Tampere.
Rauhaniemi beach and public sauna. The best place in Tampere.





As the old capital, Turku is culturally and historically interesting. A lot of old buildings are gone during the developing period, but the castle is a very good place to spend some time. Also, Turku was European Capital of Culture in 2011. It’s the city of art, river and great food.


Must do: Eat my Turku Food Walk

Must visit: Turku Castle

Eat my Turku: Chicken sandwich
During Eat my Turku walk
Cheese and roasted pine nut salad
A starter at Smor
Turku Castle
Turku Castle
Turku Castle
Turku Castle
Turku Castle - Exhibition
Turku night view at the riverside
Turku riverside and the church





For me, Helsinki was all about the Finnish design. The World Design Capital of 2012 is Helsinki. Design is not just about the products; it’s about mindset, living and life. It is well resolved in Finnish people’s daily routine. The neat furniture, simple but elegant decoration… just a simple lamp is in a stunningly neat shape. I fell in love with this city through the Finnish design.


Must do: Guided city tour

Must visit: Design Museum (Photography is not allowed in the museum)


Arrived by Train
Arrived by Train
The first design hotel in Helsinki
A lamp - Finnish Design
Helsinki city tram
Salmon in the market
The World Design Capital Helsinki
The statue of Aleksis Kivi and a national theater
Reindeer dish
Helsinki train station and the signature statues
Helsinki train station and the signature statues


# Disclosure: Part of my visit to Finland is sponsored by a wonderful team of Visit Finland due to the partnership with Runaway Juno. Thanks for making my time so efficient! However, all the photography and the words are my own.



7 thoughts on “Best of Finland – Tampere, Turku and Helsinki in Photos”

  1. What a journey you’re on my friend and riding the rails in my favorite part of the world. Your pictures are glorious especially the riverview of Turku at night and of course, the food pics too!! ; ). Hope you’re having the time of your life and keep these posts coming!

  2. Juno…… thing…..THE FOOD! Oh my god the food there looks amazing. The hangover food…the FRESH SALMON as street food (?!?)…the reindeer! I’ve only been in Helsinki airport (and for various reasons, it was NOT an enjoyable experience!) and now I’m beginning to think I should’ve spent a night or two in Helsinki. It’s not “just several hours” from Seoul though, TEN HOURS on Finnair direct! That was a loooooooong flight for sure.

    Reading this and looking at your photos though, I’m pretty positive that Tampere would be my favourite place out of there, Turku, and Helsinki 🙂

  3. Some really beautiful photos here. I particularly love the one of Alexander’s Church’s ceiling. Only down side is that you are making me hungry again! You should come with anti-diet warning! 🙂

  4. Really nice post Juno!

    I’m from Tampere and I have to say that you covered the best of it! Tammelatori is definetly the place to be! There is so laid back atmosphere and no one is in a hurry. Plus those snacks, yammy!

    Juno, how did you find language barrier? Was there any? I think Finnish people speak decent English — even older ones. If you want to learn a foreign language ( example Finnish ) I recommend to try this service:

  5. Wow, looks awesome! I’m about to go to Finland next month which is why I came across your page. Could you tell me where did you get that reindeer dish from? thanks in advance!

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