16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

8
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.
Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park will get you outdoors. Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 21st (Fri), get lost in a book at Turku City Main Library, then admire the masterpieces at Museo "Ett Hem", and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku route planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
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): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki observation tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Arctic Lifestyle. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Vanha Tehdas, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and admire all the interesting features of Lappi Arena.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning website .

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Safaris
Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo