12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
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 2nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku route planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Naantali Church
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip builder website .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online day trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

2
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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lappeenranta in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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