12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Train
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Lappeenranta
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In June, Rovaniemi is colder than Charlotte - with highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu journey planning site.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): browse the range of quality goods at Prisma, buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina, then look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Lappeenranta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, then shop like a local with Laukko Manor, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip app.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Turun Taidehalli and Kauppakeskus Myllyfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & The Church of the Holy Cross). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Kamppi Shopping Centre. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo in Jarvenpaa--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stop by Artisaani, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

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."