12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
Drive
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Porvoo
Drive
3
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 1 day
Fly
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Porvoo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will leave for Lahti on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lahti trip maker app.

Getting from Porvoo to Lahti by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Helsinki

— 1 day

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Getting from Lahti to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then get curious at Science Centre Pilke. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi journey planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 5th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi route planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in November since evenings lows in Levi dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 7th (Sun), hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka online itinerary builder.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally get engrossed in the history at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip maker.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."