9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pori
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai


1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Luosto online travel planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luosto when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Turku.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Luosto to Turku takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Luosto in January: high temperatures in Turku hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

few
hours
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pori day trip app .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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