12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Colombo

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamina trip itinerary site .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Hamina is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Hamina is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Colombo in December, with highs in Hamina at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

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 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Hamina to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 19th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inari online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo, and finally examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, then look for gifts at Keittioelamaa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere travel planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Tampere to be a bit warmer, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the galleries of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

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Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Katajanokka, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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