8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip builder .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 30°F and lows about 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to 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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park, then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku tour planning website .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in March; daily highs in Turku reach 38°F and lows reach 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
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 19th (Tue): head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in March, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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