12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Bus:  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
Train:  2 h
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
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): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally make a trip to Archangel Michael's church. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere attractions planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then get all the information you need at Riihisaari, and then make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna vacation planner.

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip builder site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Lappeenrannan kirkko ©
Lappeenrannan 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

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You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lappeenranta in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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