9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Sat), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip app .

Minneapolis, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Levi day trip tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

#Adventure, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
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 23rd (Mon): stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around 34°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Nasi Park ©
Nasi Park

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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