Route & dates
Start: Kuala Lumpur
Helsinki— 8 nights
Turku— 2 nights
Tampere— 1 night
Rovaniemi— 3 nights
End: Kuala Lumpur
Thu, Dec 13 - Fri, Dec 28
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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.Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and visit Ullanlinna.
For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip website.
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. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Helsinki at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the collection at Turku City Library, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.
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Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.
Things to do in Turku
Kurjenrahka National Park
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Manchester of the North
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip planning site.
Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Tampere
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Ranua Zoo. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app.
Traveling by flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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