17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Mumbai
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Mumbai

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Hietaranta Beach, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker .

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Nuuksio National Park
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
days
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, and then have fun at Action Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 27th (Thu), take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

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Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
days
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 29th (Sat): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip maker website .

Drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Terranova, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

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