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Discover Helsinki and Finland,
Gateway to the Nordics

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Explore Helsinki and Finland

Surrounded by breathtaking and enchanting forests, with the Aurora Borealis lighting the night’s sky in the North and set amongst the world’s largest archipelago, Finland is the final frontier. This pure, unspoiled beauty and vast nature makes Finland unique in this modern world. Across the country, crystal-clear waterways flow gently to meet mirror-like lakes stretching as far as the eye can see, it is a place of wonderment and reflection where the happiest people on the planet reside.


Finland’s capital Helsinki, home to The Hotel Maria, is a majestic destination, brimming with cultural and natural wonders. Architecture enthusiasts relish in the distinctive blend of historic neoclassical and modern Nordic influences while nature lovers bask in its wealth of green space. Helsinki is a friendly and safe city and, with most Finns speaking English, Helsinki is easy to navigate and explore.

Enjoy The Seaside

Positioned on the Baltic Sea, Helsinki has over 100 kilometres of uninterrupted shoreline with idyllic beaches and picturesque islands to explore, including the Suomenlinna sea fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with museums, cafes and beautiful views. One of the most popular areas on the Helsinki seaside is the Market Square. Located in the heart of the city, it is home to a variety of local vendors offering a chance to indulge in traditional Finnish fare.

Relax in Nature

Although a simple pursuit, immersing in nature is one of life’s greatest luxuries. With a deep cultural affinity to the outdoors, Finland is the most forest rich country in Europe, with highly revered clean air. From Helsinki, it is a short drive to reach one of the most beautiful national parks, Nuuksio. Savour the sweet delights of abundant Nordic wild berries, ripe to pick as you hike through awe-inspiring scenery.

Go Shopping

A vacation is not complete without indulging in retail therapy and the tree lined boulevards of Helsinki are filled with boutique stores boasting Nordic design brands, showcasing unique pieces from local artisans. Finnish designers are known for creating impressive glassware, captivating jewellery and fashion inspired by art and lifestyle.

Breathe in Culture

Design, art and music are embedded into the culture and identity of Finland, with Helsinki formerly named by UNESCO as a World Design Capital. Propelled by a history of internationally acclaimed artists and designers, including Jean Sibelius, Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen, Helsinki has a vibrant cultural scene with many concerts, events, markets and art exhibitions happening throughout the year.


The Lakeland region is home to over 180,000 lakes, making it one of the largest freshwater lake systems in the world and an idyllic place to charter a private sailboat and explore the many inlets in the area. Anchoring at your leisure, dip into the clear waters or go ashore to visit villages rich in regional culture. Sample authentic Finnish dishes or discover traditional arts such as wood carving, weaving and pottery. The Lakeland area is the cradle of Finnish culture and cuisine.


Descending into Finland by air, the expansive reach of the archipelago is phenomenal. This ecosystem of small islands is a playground for visitors to discover. The Finnish Archipelago is one of the world’s largest and the UNESCO listed Kvarken Archipelago has formations dating back to the Ice Age. Exploring the coast leads to quaint fishing villages, characterised by traditional Finnish red wood cottages, where local restaurants serve fresh seafood in typical Nordic style.


Lapland is a place of exquisite natural beauty. During the winter season, experience the thrill of snowmobiling across frozen lakes, skiing through snow-covered forests, or taking a reindeer sleigh ride under starry skies as the magnificent Northern Lights dance high above. As the snow melts in the spring and Lapland reveals a vast and spectacular landscape, endless summer days are illuminated by a sun that never sets, bringing a new dimension to this special part of the world. 

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Experience luxury and convenience with our Jetflite partnership, offering premier charter flights across Finland and worldwide. Avoid commercial airport hassles and enjoy state-of-the-art aircraft, dedicated crew, and personalized travel. For business or leisure, we ensure a seamless, private travel experience.


The Savonlinna Opera Festival is Finland’s premiere cultural event. World renowned for its high-quality opera performances and concerts, every summer it brings music lovers from across the globe to the charming lakeside city of Savonlinna. The month-long festival is held in Olavinlinna, a towering medieval castle by Finland’s largest lake. Once inside, festival-goers are dazzled by classics and rarely seen works as well as world premieres and visiting productions from esteemed opera houses like La Scala.

Opera Olavinlinna
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Partner Hotels and Resorts

The Hotel Maria invites you to discover the “Best of Finland” with our carefully selected collection of Partner hotels and resorts, each offering an unforgettable experience showcasing the natural beauty, rich heritage and unique culture of this remarkable country. 

Hotel Iso-Syöte

Located at the southern border of Lapland, the arctic boutique Hotel Iso-Syöte stands grandly on a hilltop in one of the snowiest areas of Finland. Nestled close to the peaceful Syöte National Park, stay in well-appointed, luxury design rooms, suites and authentic Finnish log cabins while you experience the pure, raw beauty of the surrounding nature.


Undeniably a “bucket list” experience, the glass-roofed Levin Iglut hotel, located in popular Levi, Lapland, gives guests a magnificent, once in a lifetime stay. View the magical Northern Lights from a luxury, private, glass igloo while surrounded by the untamed wilderness and tranquilly of Lapland. Expect heartfelt, personalised service from their dedicated hotel team.

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Experience Manager at Your Service

Let our Experience Manager connect you to the very best of Finland and guide you during your stay. Explore incredible Lapland and see the Northern Lights from a luxury glass igloo or charter a private boat along the majestic coast and archipelagos, we would be delighted to create a personalised itinerary for your dream Finland visit.

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