8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia

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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.
Kids will enjoy Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In November, Helsinki is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 40°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in November; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 28°F and lows reach 20°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."