8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Manchester

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Rovaniemi. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -9°C and lows are around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

4
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.
Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Helsinki Zoo and SEA LIFE Helsinki. Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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