11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Koli National Park

— 1 night
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Paateri and then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum. On your second day here, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill and then soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 18°F during the day and 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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 6th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally get your bearings at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku travel route builder.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Turku in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°F and 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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."