18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
3
Harma
— 1 night
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
5
Naantali
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Syvasenvaara Fell. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brussels in August: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Attractions like Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and don't miss a visit to Kauppahalli.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oulu planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Harma.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

1
night
Harma

Harma ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Powerpark.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Harma journey website.

You can drive from Oulu to Harma in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Harma

Theme Parks
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Powerpark ©
Powerpark

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Yyteri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Pori Art Museum & Kirjurinluoto), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website.

Getting from Harma to Tampere by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naantali.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Ahvenisto, Ahtari Zoo
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the galleries of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, thenget your game on at Moomin World, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naantali vacation app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Naantali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Naantali

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Turku Castle
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Church ©
Naantali Church

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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Naantali to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha ©
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha

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