12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip app .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 63°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Terranova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary site .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku road trip planner .

Drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker website .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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