8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  18​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Tampa


1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Sat), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning tool .

Tampa, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Mustasaari at 32°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 3rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Korkeasaari Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. Get some historical perspective at Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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