13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

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
train:  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.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday planning website .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Mustasaari reach 32°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere attractions planning app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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), kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, browse the collection at Turku City Library, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

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. On the 10th (Mon), stroll through Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, then ponder the design of Musical Fountain, and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lahti trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Turku to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December in Lahti, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

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.
Do your shopping at Old Market Hall and Marimekko. Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, perfect your strike at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site .

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

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Flamingo Entertainment Center
Flamingo Entertainment Center

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