16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House. Get some cultural insight at Johannes Church and Mannerheim Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Cathedral of Porvoo, Finnish Aviation Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Rauma and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki), The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity (in Rauma) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Isokari Lighthouse, Nagu Church
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Safaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Tornio Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemi Church (in Kemi), Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

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You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kemi Church, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Tornio Church, Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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