12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Charlotte

1
day
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 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by LAURI, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary site .

Charlotte, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 60°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 5th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Oulu are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus ©
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

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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 6th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Prisma, then browse the different shops at IsoKristiina, then look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Lappeenranta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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Prisma ©
Prisma
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
IsoKristiina ©
IsoKristiina

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, then shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere travel website .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Galleria Joella. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Gallery A. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku road trip app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Turku sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Jarvenpaa to see Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, look for gifts at Artisaani, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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