The Museum Vapriikki is housed in what used to be the engineering works of Tampella Ltd. It is located on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids. It is home to the Natural History Museum of Tampere, secondly the Media Museum Rupriikki and thirdly the Mineral Museum. In addition it also houses the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Postal Museum and The Finnish Museum of Games. Not to mention many temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year. There is a museum shop and restaurant there too. You could spend the whole day here and still not see everything.

The Pyynikki Observation Tower is located on a a hill just 20 minutes walk from the city centre. You can either climb the stairs to the top or take the lift. Once there, you will be treated to 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding area. Located at the base of the tower is a café. It makes the world famous Munkki (a Finnish doughnut) which is made to a secret recipe.

The most famous symbol of Tampere is the Nasinneula Tower. At 130m tall the entire structure was completed in just 33 days! From the top you can admire the scenery from the second tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries. You will experience fantastic panoramic views of the city. This can be seen from the tower’s observation deck or from the rotating Restaurant Näsinneula.

Known as a summer oasis, the island of Viikinsaari is the perfect place to spend a summers day. Just a short 20 minute boat ride from the city centre you will experience relaxed outdoor living. Hiking trails, water sports, a day relaxing on the beach, what more could you want.

Travelling to Tampere by Ferry

Unfortunately there are no direct ferries from the UK to Finland. There are no direct ferries operating between Britain and Scandinavia in general.

However, you can still reach Finland by ferry using either our Newcastle to Amsterdam or Hull to Rotterdam routes. Then continue to enjoy safe and relaxing drive into mainland Europe, then onto Scandinavia.