12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder app.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in February, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°F and 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On your second day here, examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Inari

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inari day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in February: high temperatures in Inari hover around 22°F and lows are around 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Mon), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo day trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In February in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 24°F during the day and 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in February, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

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."