17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  9 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
— 7 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Barcelona


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stop by Sampokeskus.

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Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©


Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki observation tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the views from Hameensilta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Old Church.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum


Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Main Library, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

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Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Trails

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo


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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki and Helsinki Zoo. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, stroll through Sibelius Monument, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo