8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Dubai

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Dubai to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Mon), wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in May, with highs in Rovaniemi at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Angry Birds Park ©
Angry Birds Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, expect nights in Turku to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Turku

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

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