16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
+2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Finnish Aviation Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Visit Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Nagu Church (in Nagu), Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki) and Rauma (The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity & Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the local landmark of Harmonia.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Isokari Lighthouse, Nagu Church
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Christmas House Santa. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Tornio Church (in Tornio), Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online day trip planner .

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Kemi Church, Tornio Church, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Safaris
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

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