11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ivalo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Inari
— 1 day
Drive
6
Yllasjarvi
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tornio
— 1 night
Drive
9
Kemi
— 1 night
Fly
10
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Mumbai

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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 11th (Sat), deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip site.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

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 12th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Ivalo

— 1 night
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Plan a Ivalo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Ivalo is just a stone's throw from Saariselka. December in Ivalo sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Inari.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Inari travel planner.

Inari is just a stone's throw from Ivalo. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yllasjarvi.
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Yllasjarvi

— 1 night
On the 15th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Safartica Yllas, then look for gifts at Jemes Sport, and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yllasjarvi road trip website.

Getting from Inari to Yllasjarvi by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Yllasjarvi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 16th (Thu): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Drive from Yllasjarvi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Tornio

— 1 night
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then cast your line with Nordic Safaris, and then get your game on at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tornio road trip planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Tornio in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tornio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, take an exotic tour of Lapponia Safaris - Day tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kemi vacation planner.

Kemi is just a stone's throw from Tornio. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Porvoo

— 2 nights
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, and finally don't miss a visit to Söderskärin majakka.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kemi to Porvoo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kemi in December: high temperatures in Porvoo hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.