11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Sotkamo
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
5
Lahti
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Quebec City

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder tool .

Quebec City, Canada to Turku is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Quebec City to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Historic Sites
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 19th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip site .

You can drive from Turku to Mustasaari in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In December in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

few
hours
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Sotkamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Hiukka ©
Hiukka

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday maker site .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sotkamo in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lahti.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): fly down the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, then ponder the design of Musical Fountain, and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lahti trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Lahti takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Lahti: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Parks

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Flamingo Entertainment Centre. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, stop by Marimekko, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

You can take a train from Lahti to Helsinki in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lahti in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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