12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  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
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Bellevue Beach in Hanko, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Bellevue Beach
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

1
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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 17th (Sat): have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere road trip site .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally make a trip to Linden Esplanade.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kotka online day trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kotka in October, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 37°F and 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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