9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), wander the streets of Katajanokka, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and stop by Artisaani.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, and then shop like a local with Galleria Ronga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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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 21st (Sat): hit the slopes at Kids' Land and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

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You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."