12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Rovaniemi Church and Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

2
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Saariselka

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 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then paddle through the water with Polar Creek.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Saariselka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

2
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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 18th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, then relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, and finally take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Levi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

1
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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.
On the 20th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso.

Make your Tampere itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

2
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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 21st (Tue): take a tour by water with Aavameri, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Flowpark Turku.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

1
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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 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pohjolan toimitalo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

4.1
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."