12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rovaniemi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start 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.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 26th (Mon), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary website .

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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night
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 28th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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