3 days in Finland Itinerary

3 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in December, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (3°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of life in the country at Napapiirin Porofarmi and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."