Start: George Town, Penang Island
Helsinki— 10 nights
Turku— 2 nights
Rovaniemi— 2 nights
End: George Town, Penang Island
Wed, Dec 20 - Fri, Jan 5
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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.Head to Kamppi Shopping Centre and Old Market Hallfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 25th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, stop by Digelius Music, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.
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George Town, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from George Town to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is colder than George Town - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
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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 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park and then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.
For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary tool.
Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Turku
Kurjenrahka National Park, Moomin World
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Ranua Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.
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You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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