12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

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 much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be a bit cooler, around -3°C, while days are colder, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive 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 kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors 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.
On the 4th (Sat), make a trip to Tulenkantajat Literature Center & Bookstore, then admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere vacation builder app .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

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

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mustasaari driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tampere to Mustasaari. In January, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach -4°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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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), take a memorable tour with Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then hit the slopes at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Muonio holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Mustasaari to Muonio with the Route module. In January, Muonio is little chillier than Mustasaari - with highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Muonio to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Muonio in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough 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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