17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Savonlinna at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere road trip site .

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): browse the collection at Turku City Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku trip website .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

5
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Temppeliaukion Church and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Inkoon kirkko in Inkoo--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and put a fun spin on your tour with InsideOut Productions.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 16th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, and then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. On your second day here, take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip planning app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Stromforsin ruukki
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

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