16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at LAURI and Arctic Circle Mall. Escape the urban bustle at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Feelapland. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker tool .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. 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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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
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, explore the galleries of Kuokkalan kartano, and then stop by Viherlandia. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Himos Ski Resort, then contemplate the long history of Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla trip tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Jyvaskyla to be somewhat warmer, temps between -2°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Petajavesi Old Church, Art Center Haihatus, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Himos Ski Resort
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Keittioelamaa or Haihara Art Centre. Relax by the water at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Laukko Manor in Vesilahti, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, and make a trip to Haralanharju Tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tampere, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. 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) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Haralanharju Tower
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. For shopping fun, head to Kauppakeskus Mylly or Photographic Centre Peri. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku visit planning site .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Artisaani, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in panoramic vistas at SkyWheel Helsinki, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

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. 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) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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