38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

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38 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  24​h
1
Turku
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Taipei

8
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Rauman museo, Vanha Raatihuone, Old Rauma, & more), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Uusikaupunki Old Church (in Uusikaupunki). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Main Library, enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Turku is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Taipei to Turku, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in September, expect Turku to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Uusikaupunki Old Church, ArtBank
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 20:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Juselius Mausoleum (in Pori), The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) (in Kangasala) and Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto (in Ruovesi). Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki observation tower, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museums Moominvalley, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and stop by Tallipiha.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Juselius Mausoleum
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

9
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Ranua Zoo (in Ranua), Climbing Tours (in Pyhatunturi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and stop by Sampokeskus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in September, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Amethyst Mine Lapland
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 6:
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Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

11
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.
Pack the 8th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, meet the residents at Helsinki Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Park & Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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