14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

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 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku travel route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Turku is an approximately 19- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Turku to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 8th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in May, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

6
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.
Pack the 14th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral