8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 19th (Thu), make a trip to Lordi's Square, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 63°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
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Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 20th (Fri), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu online holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Oulu

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Lappeenranta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature
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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 22nd (Sun): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Popular historic sites such as Helsinki Cathedral and Mannerheim Museum are in your itinerary. Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning website.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

South Karelia travel guide

Waterfalls · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.The EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)