12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Turku
— 2 nights
5
Kotka
— 2 nights

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, thensee Santa Claus Office, thentake an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
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 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, thensee the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere day trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Tampere is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, thentake an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, thenstep into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, thenvisit Hamina Old Town, thenget engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Turku in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kotka, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, Stromforsin Ruukki, Salpa Line Museum
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Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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