8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Paris

1
day
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 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker .

Paris, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary website .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Turku is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
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 31st (Mon): stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
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.
Pack the 4th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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