8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Houston
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Turku
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
Houston

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku tour planner .

Houston, USA to Turku is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Turku, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Turku to be cooler, temps between 34°F and 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Tampere Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Art Museum ©
Tampere Art Museum

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Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mustasaari online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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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 1st (Tue): 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 get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey site .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Rovaniemi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°F and 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 26°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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