16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Turku & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Turku
— 4 nights
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights

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 Helsinki Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at The Aalto House and Sinebrychoff Art 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). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum, and see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum.

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Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Helsinki at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Cathedral and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki), Rauma (The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Old Rauma, &more) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, browse the collection at Turku City Library, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, and ponder the design of Harmonia.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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 Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Christmas House Santa. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemi Church (in Kemi), Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko.

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Fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Turku in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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