8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Hakaniemi Marketfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as The Aalto House and Johannes Church are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Safaris. Do your shopping at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus and Arctic Circle Mall. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla), Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and browse the different shops at Sampokeskus Shopping Centre.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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."