12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Daughter of the Baltic

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 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

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Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 24th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Hupisaaret Park, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

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Take a train from Tampere to Oulu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."