8 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  25​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Lima

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder tool .

Lima, Peru to Rovaniemi is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Lima in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 24th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kemi itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December in Kemi, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally make a trip to Naantali Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turku driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kemi to Turku takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Kemi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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