14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

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 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of 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. On your second day here, 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 see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel route website .

Newark, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka, enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get great views at Vuokatinvaara. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hiukka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Sotkamo takes 4.5 hours. In December, Sotkamo is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 28°F and lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Mustasaari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to 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 ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Spy Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tampere sightseeing tool .

Drive from Mustasaari to Tampere in 4 hours. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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 27th (Fri), stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take an in-depth tour 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 deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary website .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors 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

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.
Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, make a trip to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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