8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
New York City

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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 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

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#Theme Parks, #Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oulu tour itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Oulu

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus ©
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus

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day
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip planner .

Getting from Oulu to Lappeenranta by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku trip website .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Fortress of Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. Pack the 12th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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