12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Malmo
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
6
Muonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
End: Malmo

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki route tool .

Malmo, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Malmo to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Malmo in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island road trip website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a 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

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
nights
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 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): head off the coast to Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks 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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere online tour planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa journey planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Vaasa sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
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): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Muonio journey website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Muonio takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Vaasa in December, plan for slightly colder days in Muonio, with highs around -7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online travel planner .

You can drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village