12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online route planner .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 60°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. June in Tampere sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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.
Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki attractions site .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Museums
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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