12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Fri), make a trip to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi visit planning tool.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On your second day here, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, catch a live performance at Tampere Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Tampere at 31°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games
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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Do your shopping at Kamppi Shopping Centre and Artisaani. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tampere in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."