11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Fly
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Hanko
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Hanko
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Vantaa
— 1 night
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 21st (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder app.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 23rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally stop by Willatar.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Porvoo online road trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Kotka

— 1 night
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka visit planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Kotka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Porvoo in December: highs in Kotka hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 25th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Kotka to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Hanko

— 1 night
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Hanko Water Tower and then kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hanko trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Savonlinna to Hanko. In December, daytime highs in Hanko are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning tool.

Getting from Hanko to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Vantaa.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Vantaa

— 1 night
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Jumbo, get advice or help at Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, then browse the different shops at Flamingo Entertainment Center, and finally engage your brain at Heureka.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vantaa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Vantaa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Vantaa at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vantaa

Shopping · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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.