16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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Start: Dhaka City
Fly + Bus:  17 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Dhaka City

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. 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

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Jyvaskyla

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.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. 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 take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Petajavesi Old Church, Himos Ski Resort, Art Center Haihatus, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower
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Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Himos Ski Resort ©
Himos Ski Resort

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Pohtiolampi. Head to Laukko Manor and Haihara Art Centrefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online travel planner.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Haralanharju Tower, Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas ©

3
nights
Turku

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 Galleria Joella. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online travel route planner.

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Bellevue Beach
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

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

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, 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

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
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.
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, and finally steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kimito Island to Helsinki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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