5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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5 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday website .

Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Tampere to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Spas

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Tampere in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

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