Finland – The Official Home of Santa Claus. Who doesn’t want to meet Santa Claus? Everyone loves to meet Santa Claus, from little kids to young to older people. Who knew that meeting Santa in Summertime could be more fun? And Finland is the Happiest Country in the world. Yes, travelling to Finland is rewarding as the journey will be full of happiness, starting from its scenic train journeys, meeting Santa during the mid-summer and observing the midnight sun. Visiting small towns like Espoo, Porvoo, or Hanko can add value to this trip. Good food, amazing landscape beauty, comfortable summertime weather, long, lonely roads, and very polite Finnish people will make your trip a lifetime memory.
Here is part of Susmita’s trip to Finland, and visiting summertime Santa can be a relaxing two-week trip to this beautiful Scandinavian Country for anyone.
Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki
Arrival at Helsinki Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Welcome Dinner at Night.
Day 2: Helsinki City Exploration
After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure. There is a lot to see in Helsinki. So take your time and explore the vibrant city life. You can take a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour or the Archipelago Cruise tour around Helsinki. You can take a free walking tour or relax in the park. Today is your first day in Helsinki, so enjoy every moment. Overnight stay at Helsinki.
Day 3: Helsinki - Turku
After breakfast, catch a local bus and reach Helsinki Central Railway Station. Helsinki Railway Station is a unique place to visit and enjoy every moment. After managing your train tickets, you can grab some quick bites and freshly brewed hot coffee. In Finland, there are plenty of high-speed trains. So wait for your train, and as it comes, just hop on to it and grab a window seat. Next few hours, just enjoy your train journey, as the Finnish land is different from any other part of the world. By afternoon, reach Turku, one of the beautiful southwest coastal cities.
Afternoon and evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at Turku.
Day 4: Turku City Exploration
Turku is the former Capital city of Finland and the oldest city in Finland. After the Finnish War, Turku was declared the Capital City of Finland. However, only after three years, in 1812, Helsinki was declared the capital of Finland. Turku is an old historical city with a lot to see. Possible sightseeing that one can enjoy in Turku is visiting the Turku Castle – a 13th-century castle with History Museum, Turku Cathedral – the landmark 700 years old church, Luostarinmäki – open-air handicrafts and museum. Above all these outdoor experiences, do not forget to try local cafes and try some good Finnish food in Turku Restaurants. You can try Taco Nito, Rioni Turku, or Restaurant Kasiks or just venture out on a food tour. Turku will not disappoint you. Overnight stay at Turku.
Day 5: Turku - Tampere
Once again, prepare for a scenic Train Journey heading north of Turku. After a delicious breakfast, you should reach the Turku Railway Station. Turku train station is small, very cute, and charming with all its activities. On your scheduled time, board the train and try to grab a window seat to enjoy your relaxing train journey.
Afternoon and evening, spend the time at your leisure. Overnight stay at Tampere.
Day 6: Tampere Sightseeing
Tampere is known as the Sauna Capital of Finland. There are more than 50 public saunas in Tamepere. Today after breakfast, you will explore this busy, stylish and vibrant city of Finland. If you are a shopaholic, this city could be one of your favourite destinations. The city’s centre is adorned with very old, red-brick industrial buildings now serving as busy restaurants and cafes. A compact city centre is a great place for city walking. Places that you can visit in Tampere are Museum Vapriikki – a family museum of dolls, hockey and shoes; Pyynikki Coffee Shop and Observation Tower; Tampere Cathedral – A stunning Granite built church; Kaleva Church – Monumental Church opened in 1966, Finlayson Factory Area, Lenin Museum, Tammelantori – outdoor food market and many more. Overnight stay at Tampere.
Day 7: Tampere - Rovaniemi
After breakfast, head towards Tampere Railway Station. Board your scheduled train and be ready for a long train journey as you will head further north of Finland and enter the Lapland of Finland too.
Afternoon and evening, spend the time at your leisure. Overnight stay at Rovaniemi.
Day 8: A Day Trip to Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi is the Capital City of Lapland in Northern Finland. Rovaniemi is one of the most significant tourist cities in Finland and is called the official hometown of Santa Claus and is situated right on the Arctic Circle, making the city the gateway to entering the Arctic region through Finland. Once you reach Rovaniemi, take the privilege of being in Lapland and breathe fresh cool air. Finland is famous for the purest and cleanest air in the world, and once you reach this northern city, you will understand the reason for such a claim. Enjoy spending your time outdoors. Spend the day today by visiting Santa Claus Village. Meet Santa Claus, and take some adorable and memorable photographs with Santa Claus. There are great souvenir shops in Santa Claus Village. Pick something memorable present for your loved ones. Have coffee and local doughnuts in the local coffee shop. Take photos standing right on the Arctic Circle Line. Make this Day Trip to Santa’s village one of the most cherishable memories of your life.
Come back to the city by afternoon, and after a little rest, you can try some fine-dinning for authentic Lappish Food. Everything is in the close vicinity of the city centre.
After dinner tonight, you can spend outside observing the midnight sun. There are plenty of options to make your itinerary and enjoy the day as you wish. Overnight stay at Rovaniemi.
Day 9: Rovaniemi City Exploration
After breakfast today, you have plenty of time to explore the city and relax here in the this amazing Lapland City of Finland. You can walk across the city, try local berry-picking experiences, go for husky-walking, or spend the day simply sipping coffee and venturing out to local restaurants. Spend the day at your leisure. Overnight stay at Rovaniemi.
Day 10: Rovaniemi - Helsinki
After a delicious breakfast, you will head towards Rovaniemi Railway Station and board the train for Helsinki. It’s a long train journey from Northern City Rovaniemi to Helsinki. Relax and enjoy your scenic train journey. Overnight stay at Helsinki.
Day 11: Helsinki City Exploration
Once again, you are in Helsinki and have a full day to explore the city further. You can visit Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukion Church, Museum of Contemporary Art, Uspenski Cathedral, Market Square, and The National Museum of Finland. If you fancy more, you can also take a day ferry trip to visit Tallinn and come back to Helsinki at night time. Or you can visit another old city in Finland, Porvoo, which can be a nice day trip by bus from Helsinki. You can try local bakeries for authentic Finnish homemade sweets and snacks. Due to plenty of Buses and train communication from Helsinki, you have many options to visit and explore right from the capital city of Helsinki. Take your time and plan for your day trip. Exploring little off-beat places will be more rewarding than only exploring the capital city.
Day 12: Rest Day
Rest day before your final departure. Finally, your trip is ending, and you have been busy travelling for the last twelve days. Today make it a complete rest day and spend the time strolling around the harbour, savouring local sea foods in local eateries and collecting souvenirs for your loved ones.
Day 13: Departure
Departure for your next destination or your home town.
Meeting Summertime Santa in Finland
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- Food Included: 13 Breakfast.
- Train Tickets.
- Flight Tickets.
- Required VISA.
- Travel Insurance.
- Your toiletries and medicines.
- Personal beverages. (Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic)
- Personal entertainment equipment. (music system, etc.)
- Personal guide fees if you are hiring during the trip for any activities.
- Trip costs do not ensure the supply of local SIM cards and paying bills for your usage.
- The cost does not include any recreational activities or tours before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
- Entrance fees for national parks, museums, historic places, and other places that require entrance fees or additional ticket fees.
- The cost does not include international airport departure taxes, transportation or ticket costs (airfare or train fare) before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
- Trip cost is non-inclusive of any extracurricular activities mentioned or not mentioned in the itinerary.
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- Air-tickets Purchase. (for Indian Citizens)
- Travel Insurance. (for Indian Citizens)
- VISA application. (for Indian Citizens)
- A Moderate fitness level is required.
What to wear and bring for this trip
- Travel Insurance Copy.
- Medicines, Painkillers, Insect Repellent.
- Raincoat for unpredictable weather changes.
- Scarf, Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion for hot days.
- Woolen Caps, Balaclava, Woolen Socks. Gloves or Mittens - 2 - 3 pairs.
- Cool cotton clothes, a light jacket, soft trousers, and leggings for cities and towns.
- Inner thermals, fleece jackets, woollen hoodies or down jackets for cold nights and arctic areas.
- Comfortable walking shoes, flip-flops for rooms and beach sandals for the beach areas.
- Water bottle, Universal adapter, Camera and Extra Batteries for your camera.
Code of Ethics
- Be a Responsible Traveller.
- Walking off roads in protected areas is prohibited.
- Be respectful to the locals and their cultures and religious belief.
- Collecting, handling, or keeping specimens/any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
- Tourists must obey all rules and regulations the Finland government and related authorities enforce.
Sustainable Tourism Initiative
- Animal Welfare.
- Supporting Locals.
- Zero-tolerance on plastic pollution.
- Encouraging Environmental Protection.