12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
5
Muonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Turku travel planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Turku sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Tulenkantajat Literature Center & Bookstore, pause for some serene contemplation at Aleksanterin Kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip website.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari road trip planning website.

You can drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach -4°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
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. On the 7th (Tue), glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

Discover how to plan a Muonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Mustasaari to Muonio in 9.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mustasaari in January, with highs in Muonio at -13°C and lows at -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Wed), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation planner.

You can drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Muonio in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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