8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Fly
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 16°F and lows reach 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 10th (Mon), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo vacation site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Akaslompolo, with lows of -2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor a hot drink at Tea Shop Veistrom and then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online travel route builder.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Tampere by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with highs in Tampere at 23°F and lows at 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Beaches
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."