16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Lahti
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Singapore

5
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.
Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Market Hall and Flamingo Entertainment Centre. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Helsinki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 25th (Tue), hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain, and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahti trip planning website .

Drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lahti are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Lahti

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Musical Fountain ©
Musical Fountain

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Venajanhiekka, then explore the world behind art at Kajaani art museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hiukka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lahti to Sotkamo. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kajaani, Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Kajaani art museum ©
Kajaani art museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Fri), make a trip to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip maker .

Getting from Sotkamo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sotkamo in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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