8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route builder website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in March, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -1°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 3rd (Sun), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Saariselka are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Saariselka to Turku by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Galleria Joella ©
Galleria Joella

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, shop like a local with Old Market Hall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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