8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Milan

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Milan in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 21st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and finally go for a walk through Visavuori.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tampere using our trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Fri), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Museums Parks
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Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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