Route & dates
Fly: 9 h 30 min
Helsinki— 3 nights
Drive: 1 h 45 min
Turku— 2 nights
Train: 1 h 45 min
Tampere— 2 nights
Train: 3 h 45 min
Lappeenranta— 2 nights
Train + Fly: 5 h 30 min
Levi— 2 nights
Drive: 2 h 15 min
Rovaniemi— 2 nights
Bus + Fly: 13 h
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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.Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. Step out of Helsinki to go to Kirkkonummi and see Hvittrask, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of The Senate Building (Valtioneuvoston Linna), steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church.
For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning tool.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Helsinki is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
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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 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Naantali Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nagu Church, then contemplate the long history of Sjalo Church Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku attractions planner.
Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Tampere.
Things to do in Turku
Nagu Church, Naantali Church, Sjalo Church Museum
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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.Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island and then find something for the whole family at Funpark. On the next day, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere vacation planner.
You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.
Things to do in Tampere
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Town of Lindens
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal and then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.
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Traveling by train from Tampere to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Levi.
Things to do in Lappeenranta
Imatra Waterfall, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.Discover out-of-the-way places like Kids' Land and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.
To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip builder app.
Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lappeenranta in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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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.Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.
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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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