12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Dubai

4
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.
You've added The National Museum of Finland, Market Square Kauppatori, Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo), and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki sightseeing planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
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 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thensee the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or 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 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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