8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

— 2 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 Ranua Zoo and Santa Claus Village. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arctic Emotions Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Helsinki

— 5 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 appreciate attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in April, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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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."