12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Turku Castle (in Turku) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

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Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku Castle, Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland and then let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing planning app .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland

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