12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes German Soldier s Cemetery, Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arctic Emotions Oy. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route maker site.

Isfahan, Iran to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Isfahan to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Isfahan, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of -2°C to lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Levi

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 1st (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi trip planning site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Levi, with lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Highlights from your trip

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari visit planner.

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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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 4th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
You'll explore and learn at The National Museum of Finland and Finnish Aviation Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kansallisgalleria and Mannerheim Museum. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary maker website.

Fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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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."