10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Helsinki (Temppeliaukio Church, Kamppi Chapel of Silence, &more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere journey planner.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Ainolan Puisto, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then get curious at Tietomaa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu journey planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Oulu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oulu in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saariselka route builder website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is little chillier at night with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."