12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Inari
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Asikkala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: London

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Taiga Colors. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Inari, with highs around -7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Inari

#Museums, #Shopping, #Tours
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Archipelago National Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Inari to Kimito Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Inari in December, you will find days in Kimito Island are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are warmer (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bellevue Beach and Old Rauma. Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Hanko Water Tower (in Hanko). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Asikkala.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Hanko, Louhisaari Manor, Kultaranta Garden, Old Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Asikkala

Asikkala ©
Asikkala is a municipality of Finland. On the 31st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally learn about winemaking at Pihamaa Estate & Winery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asikkala trip maker tool .

Getting from Turku to Asikkala by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Asikkala

#Wineries, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Lahti
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Ristinkirkko ©
Ristinkirkko

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day
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. On the 1st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki.

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Drive from Asikkala to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ruotsinpyhtaa can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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