8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  7​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

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

Birmingham, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Birmingham to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Birmingham in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Tampere, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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