4 days in Lapland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

4 days in Lapland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Rovaniemi
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Turku
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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Turku

— 1 night
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 5th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip tool.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Trails
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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