18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Singapore

7
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.
Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Helsinki Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Espoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, then enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach will get you outdoors. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and let the kids burn off some steam at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere tour planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Duck Park (Sorsapuisto) ©
Duck Park (Sorsapuisto)
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Yyteri Beach, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari online trip maker .

Drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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 16th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Mustasaari to Rovaniemi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office