16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get some cultural insight at The Aalto House and Helsinki Cathedral. 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 Johannes Church, see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, 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, bus, and flight. 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 · Parks

Side Trips

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Turku

— 4 nights
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 Turku City Library. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki), Rauma (The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity & Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, ponder the design of Harmonia, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. 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 catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Safaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Kemi Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello), Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo) and Tornio Church (in Tornio). 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 take a train; 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 the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

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