Route & dates
18 days in Finland Itinerary
Start: George Town, Penang Island
Bus + Fly: 24 h
Rovaniemi— 3 nights
Drive: 3 h 15 min
Saariselka— 1 night
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Train: 5 h 30 min
Tampere— 3 nights
Drive: 1 h 30 min
Helsinki— 8 nights
Fly + Bus: 17 h 15 min
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.Step out of the city life by going to Ranua Zoo and Arctic Lifestyle. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.
To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool .
George Town, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from George Town to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from George Town in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough 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.Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): have fun at Action Park, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka planning website .
Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Saariselka are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can 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.You'll get in some beach time at Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Head to Sibeliustalo and Tampere Hallfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: The Church of St. Michael (in Palkane) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and look for gifts at Culinaria keittiöelämää.
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Do a combination of flight and train from Saariselka to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in August, expect nights in Tampere to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.
Things to do in Tampere
Kurjenrahka National Park, The Church of St. Michael, Sibelius Hall
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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.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ullanlinna and Fortress of Suomenlinna. You'll get in some beach time at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenski Cathedral, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning website .
You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
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