8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  8​h
End: Istanbul

2
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.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence and then take a stroll through Ullanlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Helsinki hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi itinerary builder site .

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 11th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

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

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Levi Ski Resort, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Wed), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally see the interesting displays at Emil Aaltosen Museo. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Akaslompolo to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Akaslompolo in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Tampere: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

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