9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Aberdeen, Scotland
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Aberdeen, Scotland

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally make a trip to Senate Square. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning website .

Aberdeen, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Aberdeen in December, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip builder website .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally make a trip to Snow Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Levi day trip planner.

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Sat), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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