11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online road trip planner.

San Antonio, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Antonio to Helsinki. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Tue), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get your bearings at Turku City Library. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."