8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
End: London

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning app.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In May, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than London - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Museums
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get your game on at Moomin World.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online day trip planner.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in May: highs in Turku hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kuusisto Manor, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stop by Ullanlinna, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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