12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

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

Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Stockholm in January, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
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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 11th (Sat): browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the next day, laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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On the 15th (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip tool.

You can fly from Tampere to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in January; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach -11°C and lows reach -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."