12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Istanbul

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and then examine the collection at Siida.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip builder.

Istanbul, Turkey to Saariselka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get outside with Arctic Lifestyle, and enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 20th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kemi holiday planner.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December in Kemi, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -12°C at night. You'll set off for Helsinki on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Kemi

Museums
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

3
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.
Pack the 24th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planner.

You can fly from Kemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kemi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 0°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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