16 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Turku Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Turku Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in nature's colorful creations at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, walk around Sibelius Monument, and browse the different shops at Stockmann Department Store.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, and stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 29th (Wed): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get advice or help at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki online trip maker.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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