12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
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 19th (Thu): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Art Museum ©
Tampere Art Museum

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, contemplate the long history of Stromso, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally examine the collection at Terranova. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, Stundars Museum, Raippaluodon Silta
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Stromso ©
Stromso

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Old Rauma and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, have fun at Moomin World, and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planning site .

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Moomin World, Old Rauma
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
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 26th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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