16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. For shopping fun, head to LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier or Arctic Circle Mall. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and see the top attractions with Feelapland.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dhaka City to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 19th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Art Center Haihatus, admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano, and then look for gifts at Viherlandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get all the equipment you need at Himos Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Jyvaskyla to be a bit warmer, temps between -2°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Shopping · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Rauhaniemi Beach and Pohtiolampi. Head to City Sokos and Galleria Rongafor some retail therapy. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Laukko Manor in Vesilahti, approximately Vesilahti away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in panoramic vistas at Haralanharju Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

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Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Shop till you drop at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Turun Kauppahalli. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, shop like a local with Turun Taidehalli, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

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You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kimito Island

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island holiday builder app.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Helsinki

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Artisaani, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, and finally steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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