11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Aalto House and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Espoo Cathedral and Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). There's more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery and admire the striking features of Pyhan Laurin kirkko.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Frankfurt in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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 26th (Sun): get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield, stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

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 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko and then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online route builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Wingrens Dogsafaris and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Jemes Sport and Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation builder site.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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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."