8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Dublin

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.
The Aalto House and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Katajanokka and Helsinki Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker site .

Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

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 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and then try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey app .

Fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Turku - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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