16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Perth
Fly:  25​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Turku
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Perth

2
days
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church and then get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary builder tool .

Perth, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 6 hours. In November, Kotka is colder than Perth - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kotka

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Tykkimaki Amusement Park
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Sat), browse the collection at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then enjoy some diversion at Flowpark, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku holiday planner .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Fun & Games
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Mon), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Childrens Museums
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi City Library ©
Rovaniemi City Library

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then admire the masterpieces at Pentik Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Pentik Hill
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
days
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Inari, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, you will find days in Helsinki are somewhat warmer (3°C), and nights are warmer (-3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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Porvoo Old Town
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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