9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi driving holiday planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in November; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -2°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: high temperatures in Mustasaari hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Yyteri Beach, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Palace of Junnelius.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Pori online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Pori takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

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 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planner.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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.
On the 5th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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