12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City

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 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 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

Tours Museums Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then stroll through Pyynikki observation tower. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take a stroll around Tampere Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Old Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Tampere to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

7
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.
Do your shopping at Old Market Hall and Digelius Music Oy. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, look for gifts at Artisaani, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

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