5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally look for gifts at Pien Shop & Bar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Rovaniemi

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 2nd (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 16°F and lows reach 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."