Route & dates
14 days in Finland Itinerary
Helsinki— 3 nights
Drive: 1h 45min
Turku— 2 nights
Train: 1h 45min
Tampere— 2 nights
Train + Fly: 4h 45min
Rovaniemi— 4 nights
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Daughter of the Baltic
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.Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo.
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route planning site .
Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
Bellevue Beach, Heureka, Inkoon kirkko
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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 18th (Fri): work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Vepsa Island, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, and then cool off at JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?.
For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning site .
Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.
Things to do in Turku
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Manchester of the North
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.On the 20th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.
To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online day trip planner .
Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Tampere
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Kids will enjoy Ranua Zoo and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.
Make your Rovaniemi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Fri).
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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