8 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lima
Fly + Bus:  25 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
+2
Bus + 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), make a trip to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at 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.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Lima, Peru to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Lima to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) ©

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, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally make a trip to Naantali Old Town. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Kemi to Turku in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kemi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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