12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
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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 19th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kotka

Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then walk around Riverside Park, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotka journey planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Helsinki

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planning site.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."