8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  27​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, get lost in a book at The National Library of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Auckland in February, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in February, Tampere is little chillier at night with lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Finlayson Church ©
Finlayson Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in February, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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