12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  18​h
End: Ottawa

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 Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka will thrill your kids. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Bellevue Beach in Hanko, approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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.
On the 25th (Wed), cool off at JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then browse the exhibits of Louhisaari Manor, and finally stroll through Kultaranta Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train 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
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online visit planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Here are some ideas for day two: see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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