9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route site .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 7th (Fri), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Oulu reach 28°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Room Escape Games

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 8th (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then look for gifts at Punnitse & Saasta, then get in on the family fun at Nokkakivi Amusement Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Jyvaskyla Art Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Oulu to Jyvaskyla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nokkakivi Amusement Park
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Nokkakivi Amusement Park ©
Nokkakivi Amusement Park
Room Escape Games
Punnitse & Saasta ©
Punnitse & Saasta

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.
Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, stroll through Sibelius Monument, make a trip to Senate Square, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online tour planner .

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Jyvaskyla in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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