12 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Observatory Hill Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get your game on at Murulandia, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in April, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
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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 12th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, walk around Kupittaa Park, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Turku are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 14th (Sun), get outside with Karhunkierros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, and then stroll through The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo travel route builder tool.

You can fly from Turku to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in April, expect Kuusamo to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -6°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see Santa Claus Office and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Finland travel guide

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."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.