11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly
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Savonlinna
Drive
2
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
Drive
4
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
7
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Levi
Drive
9
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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10
Vaasa
— 1 night
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11
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
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12
Tampere
— 1 night
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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder.

Helsinki to Savonlinna is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Savonlinna: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Koli National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Tue), see what you can catch with Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kajaani journey planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kajaani in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Adventure · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppahalli, admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

Plan trip to Oulu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kajaani to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Ranua

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ranua trip builder website.

You can drive from Oulu to Ranua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Saariselka.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

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 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. You will leave for Levi on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Levi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip tool.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vaasa day trip planning app.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, Vaasa is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Vaasa

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla and then examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Jyvaskyla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vaasa in December: high temperatures in Jyvaskyla hover around -2°C and lows are around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip app.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

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."