9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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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 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Turku to Pyhatunturi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Pyhatunturi reach -13°C and lows reach -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Luosto, Church of Sodankyla
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Sat), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then catch a live event at Lappi Areena. On the next day, have fun at Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

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