12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi. In August, Rovaniemi is colder than Dubai - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vaasa holiday tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Tampere

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 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere tour planning app.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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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 28th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning site.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Helsinki

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take a stroll through Katajanokka, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and visit Ullanlinna.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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."