12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
Train
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
Drive
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Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tampere

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 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Tampere driving holiday site.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brussels to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brussels in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ojberget.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip website.

Take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Vaasa

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Toivolan Vanha Piha.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vaasa in December, things will get a bit cooler in Jyvaskyla: highs are around -2°C and lows about -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Joensuu trip planning app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In December in Joensuu, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

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You can drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums
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Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): cast your line with Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kajaani driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kajaani in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Adventure · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oulu trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kajaani to Oulu in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Oulu are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites
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Ranua

— 1 night
To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ranua online trip maker.

You can drive from Oulu to Ranua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Rovaniemi on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning app.

You can drive from Ranua to Rovaniemi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
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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 11th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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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 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Senate Square, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Saariselka in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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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."