12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Kultaranta Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 28th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere online trip planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Nasi Park ©
Nasi Park

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 29th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. In December in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mustasaari to Levi. In December, Levi is little chillier than Mustasaari - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Winter Sports, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Tue), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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