12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h
End: Ottawa

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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach will thrill your kids. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Heureka in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Exhibition Centre WeeGee, Bellevue Beach, Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): cool off at JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?, then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally explore the galleries of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or 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 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ahvenisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

3
nights
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 29th (Sun): get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

Plan my day in Rovaniemi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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