10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Bologna

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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), head outdoors with Dive Finland Oy, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nuuksio National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Milan in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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 24th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saariselka route planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: high temperatures in Turku hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums
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Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."