Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- Following is a short list of things to see and do
along Finland's King's Road:
* Espoo. This town on the south coast has been inhabited for
8,000 years. Visitors can peek in on 18th century village life at
the Glims Farmstead Museum or view the sea from the Akseli
Gallen-Kallela Museum, the studio and home of Finland's national
painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931).
* Hamina. This town has nearly two miles of 300-year-old
fortification walls that once straddled the border with Russia.
* Kotka. Two important sites here are the St. Nicholas Russian
Orthodox Church and the Imperial Fishing Lodge, built for Czar
Alexander III in 1889.
* Loviisa. This small town near the Gulf of Finland was
established in 1745.
Its most-visited attractions are Svartholm fortress and Degerby
Gille, one of the best-preserved 17th century wooden buildings in
* Naantali. Naantali is best know for its spa, which was built
in the 1860s.
The Naantali Spa Hotel is one of the most luxurious properties
in Finland and offers plush rooms with views of the sea and the
islands of the Finnish archipelago.
* Porvoo. Poorvoo features red wooden buildings on cobblestone
streets facing the Porvoo River. The Haikko Manor, which once
provided accommodations to royalty, now is a spa and hotel.
* Turku. At 750 years old, the former capital, Turku, is
Finland's oldest city. Its landmark castle, which dates to the
1280s, is a massive gray-stone fortress.
For a look at medieval Turku, the Luostarinmaki Handicrafts
Museum consists of 30 workshops where the trades of old still are
There's also Turku Cathedral, consecrated in 1300 and visible
from throughout the city.
* Vantaa. Although Vantaa is best known as the site of the
international airport just outside of Helsinki, it also boasts a
more venerable attraction, the Old Sotunki Village.
The village showcases life in the Finnish countryside as it was
during the 18th and 19th centuries.