12 days in Finland, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Finland, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 2 nights
4
Tampere
— 1 night
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
6
Muonio
— 1 day
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

3
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

Malmo, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Malmo in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Archipelago National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kimito Island travel route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tampere visit website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 30th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vaasa are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

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day
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Muonio tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vaasa to Muonio. Traveling from Vaasa in December, you will find days in Muonio are little chillier (-7°C), and nights are much colder (-17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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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): get a taste of the local shopping with Marttiini Store Old Factory, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory

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