12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  3​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In January, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Stockholm - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

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
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 11th (Sat), browse the collection at Turku City Library, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit 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: stroll through Levi Ski Resort and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tampere to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in January; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach -11°C and lows reach -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Tours Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Levi, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Safaris
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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