8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
End: Glasgow, Scotland

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi attractions planning site.

Glasgow, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Glasgow in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. You will leave for Tampere on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the views from Hameensilta.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere travel planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
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 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uto, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip website.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Uto ©
Uto

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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: visit Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder website.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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