5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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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.
On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."