10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
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Kajaani
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip builder website.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Riisitunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ruka and then get outside with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rukatunturi travel route planning app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Rukatunturi, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then examine the collection at Suomen Pelimuseo. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rukatunturi to Tampere. Traveling from Rukatunturi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. You will leave for Kajaani on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Kajaani

— 2 nights
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Jyrkkakosken Ruukki. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kajaani road trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Kajaani in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kuopio in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kajaani, with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kajaani

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."