12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker app .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
day
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and finally get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Levi in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

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You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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