12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Rauma
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rauma online trip itinerary builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rauma is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rauma is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get cooler in Rauma: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum ©
Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Teijo National Park and Gunnarstrand. Take a break from the city and head to Bellevue Beach and The Archipelago Trail. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanko, Teijo National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, then stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Katajanokka, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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