12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 16th (Sun), stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online route planner .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mustasaari trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Mustasaari: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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 19th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Vepsa Island and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Turku in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island travel route tool .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

4
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.
Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Rock Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, look for gifts at Marimekko, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and make a trip to Old Market Hall.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 26th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, then browse the different shops at Shopping Centre Karisma, and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Hiidenvuori, get a new perspective on nature at The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland, and then take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti trip planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lahti in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Lahti at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hiidenvuori, Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Shopping Centre Karisma ©
Shopping Centre Karisma

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