12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  25​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Katajanokka, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally admire the striking features of Rock Church.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder website .

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Helsinki. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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 30th (Sat): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in March; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -1°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Seven Fells Up and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 2nd (Tue), browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku tour site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Akaslompolo to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Akaslompolo in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip app .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas & Wellness

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. On the 5th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, then admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and finally kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then wander the streets of Hamina Old Town.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kotka tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Hamina Old Town, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

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