8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Oulu
— Few hours
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: New Orleans

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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 (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kauppahalli, then take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip website .

New Orleans, USA to Oulu is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from New Orleans to Oulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in December: high temperatures in Oulu hover around 28°F and lows are around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
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 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and ARTag Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa) and Halosenniemi Museum (in Tuusula). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Okra, shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom, admire the striking features of Pohjolan toimitalo, and take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Halosenniemi Museum, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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