8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Market Hall, shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and look for gifts at Marimekko.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lahti online travel planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Lahti by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Lahti hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Lahti

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

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Drive from Lahti to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa day trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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