Route & dates
Start: George Town, Penang Island
Rovaniemi— 3 nights
Saariselka— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
Tampere— 3 nights
Helsinki— 8 nights
End: George Town, Penang Island
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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.Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Ranua Zoo and Auttikongas. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and take an exotic tour of Arctic Lifestyle.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi visit planning site.
George Town, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Rovaniemi is minus 5 hours. In August, Rovaniemi is colder than George Town - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.On the 25th (Sat), hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka route builder.
Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Saariselka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.
Things to do in Saariselka
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Manchester of the North
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.Get outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Kurjenrahka National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sibelius Hall and Keittioelamaa. Change things up with a short trip to The Church of St. Michael in Palkane (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, catch a live performance at Tampere Hall, and kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and train from Saariselka to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Saariselka in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.
Things to do in Tampere
Kurjenrahka National Park, Sibelius Hall, The Church of St. Michael
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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.Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, stop by Artisaani, and shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.
For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site.
Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
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