11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
The National Museum of Finland and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning site.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in November: highs in Helsinki hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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 5th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Tampere sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hike along Juutua Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inari itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Inari by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in November, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 27°F and lows about 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

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 8th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. November in Levi sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

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."