13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

2
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 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Johannes Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Brisbane - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

2
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
On the 12th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauhon kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, see the interesting displays at Palander House, then steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and finally explore the world behind art at Hameenlinna Art Museum. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum), examine the collection at The Finnish Railway Museum, then explore the world behind art at Riihimaki Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hameenlinna travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Hameenlinna by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Hameenlinna to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parola, Riihimaki, Church of Hollola, The Finnish Railway Museum
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and finally explore the galleries of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then make a trip to Hamina Town Hall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner .

You can take a train from Hameenlinna to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Kouvola sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Church of Sodankyla and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Maupertuis Memorial. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

Start your trip to Rovaniemi by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kouvola in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Maupertuis Memorial, Church of Sodankyla, Ski Resort Suomutunturi, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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