9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
4
Inari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

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 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online attractions planner .

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then get your game on at Portaali VR, and finally examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo).

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

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then look for gifts at LAURI, then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeerfarm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inari journey planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inari, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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