8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Spas, #Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Room Escape Games
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online travel route builder .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Levi itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 29th (Sat), see Santa Claus Office, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Nature, #Parks
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas ©
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas

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