5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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5 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ullanlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then stroll through Suolijarvi Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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