13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Lahti
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, thenhave fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, thenget engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation app.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mustasaari online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: high temperatures in Mustasaari hover around 32°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thencontemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Tampere in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, thenbrowse the collection at Turku City Library, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Lahti itinerary app.

You can drive from Turku to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Lahti are 30°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Musical Fountain
Musical Fountain

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.
For shopping fun, head to Old Market Hall or Boss Shop. Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and steep yourself in history at Pohjolan toimitalo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker.

Traveling by train from Lahti to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lahti, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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