12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tromso
Drive:  8​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Stockholm

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online route planner .

Tromso, Norway to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tromso in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

2
nights
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 24th (Mon): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then have fun at Moomin World, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally examine the collection at Ett Hem Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Turku trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Kuusisto Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence and then hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally stop by Marimekko.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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