8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in July, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planning app .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Nuuksio National Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki route maker site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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