Romantic Places in Finland
Forested islands, midnight sun, wood-burning saunas and thousands of lakes.
Southeast Coast / Gulf of Finland
The Gulf separates Finland from Estonia, Russia, and Peter the Great’s window-on-the-west city, St.Petersburg. Finland’s northern Baltic coastline includes its capital, Helsinki, and its most popular seaside resorts. These resorts include Kotka, a popular seaside village filled with music festivals and sports activities – Czar Alexander III had a fishing lodge here – and Hanko.
This pretty seaside town was once a favored retreat of Czars and nobles; some of their spectacular seaside villas are now b&b’s.
T: +358 19-2482900. b&b. US$ 120-
Villa Maija, an ornately trimmed house with seaside views, is located just a short stroll from Hanko’s harbor and restaurants. Ask for a room with a veranda.
This largely 19th century, neoclassical city of half a million people lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. West of the city’s center is the Design District, featuring art galleries, clubs and boutiques.
Klaus K Hotel
T: +358 (0) 20 770 4700. 137 rooms. US$ 160-
A sleekly modern romantic hotel located in the Design District.
T: +358 9 681 930. 77 rooms. $200-