18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Drive:  45​min
Porvoo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Saariselka
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

9
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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Haemeenlinna (Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone & Ritari-areena), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions tool .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Porvoo Old Town, Raseborg Castle, Holy Cross Church, Stromforsin ruukki
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally stroll through Runeberg Park. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and finally make a trip to Söderskärin majakka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Porvoo vacation maker site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Porvoo

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Loviisan kirkko, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Porvoo Museum/Holm House ©
Porvoo Museum/Holm House

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 13th (Thu), snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi visit planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Porvoo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Porvoo in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 15th (Sat), look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip builder app .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is slightly colder at night with lows of -17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

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