9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  25​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Perth

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary builder tool .

Perth, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In January, Rovaniemi is colder than Perth - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku road trip planning tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with highs in Turku at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Flamingo Entertainment Center
Flamingo Entertainment Center

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