8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki online holiday planner.

Tampa, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Tampa in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online vacation planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks · 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."