8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Aalto House and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dublin to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in January, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (-3°C), and nights are slightly colder (-9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Turku

— 1 night
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 (Wed): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

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Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally get curious at Science Centre Pilke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

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Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Turku - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."