12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Theme Parks, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island route maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Nature, #Adventure, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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 1st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku route planning tool .

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip maker .

Traveling by car from Turku to Mustasaari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Fri), hit the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Kuusamo. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mustasaari in January: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

1
night
Syote

Syote ©
On the 6th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Syote day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Syote takes 2 hours. In January in Syote, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

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 7th (Mon): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi visit planner.

Drive from Syote to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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