8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Head to Kamppi Shopping Centre and Riimikkofor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Bellevue Beach and Katajanokka make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online tour planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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1
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Mon), view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Shopping
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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."