12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Kotka
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  18 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Hanko and see Bellevue Beach, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

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Tampere

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sat), enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere day trip website.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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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 18th (Sun): visit Hamina Old Town, contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Hamina Old Town
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kotka in October, with highs in Rovaniemi at 37°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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