12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heureka, Exhibition Centre WeeGee, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha ©
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha

2
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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 25th (Wed): cool off at JukuPark Turku, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, thenfind something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally explore the galleries of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, thenexamine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
JukuPark Turku ©
JukuPark Turku

2
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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 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, thenhave fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ahvenisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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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 29th (Sun): get curious at Pilke Science Centre, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

Plan my day in Rovaniemi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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