13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Dubai

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Kids will enjoy Korkeasaari Zoo and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 23rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turku online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari visit planner .

Drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. January in Mustasaari sees daily highs of -4°C and lows of -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Rovaniemi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mustasaari in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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