Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and best-loved amusement park. Set on a hill just north of Helsinki city centre, it attracts about a million visitors each season with its 40-plus rides – the most legendary being the old wooden rollercoaster in service since 1951.
The park itself was opened just the year before and welcomes visitors from April to October, before going into hibernation for a long winter break.
Its closing week in October is marked by the Carnival of Lights, or Valokarnivaali, where the park is dressed in thousands of extra lights for ten days to create a magical atmosphere in the dark autumn nights.
The best thing is, it’s completely free to enter the park (you pay for the rides though), and there’s also extra entertainment during festive illuminations. And it all culminates in a beautiful display of fireworks on the final day of the season.