8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  16​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Houston

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday tool .

Houston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, tram, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Helsinki is 8 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Houston in March, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 18th (Mon), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In March, Saariselka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 29°F and lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 30°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, and finally examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oulu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

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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 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Oulu to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Turku, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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