8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
London

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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing 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 changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
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 14th (Fri), snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Turku in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Santa Claus Village
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SantaPark ©
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