12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Kid's Land, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Levi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then make a trip to Riihisaari, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip maker .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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