12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  14 h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Kemi
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Chennai

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki journey planner .

Chennai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chennai to Helsinki. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park, Paavolan Tammi
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, tee off at Tornio Golf, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, and finally admire the striking features of Kemi Church. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kukkolankoski, and then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kemi trip maker site .

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kemi: highs are around -3°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Kukkolankoski
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Tornio Golf ©
Tornio Golf
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©

3
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: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip site .

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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