12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Mumbai

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Katajanokka, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days in Saariselka, with highs around -7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Turku

— 1 night
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 18th (Sat): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Tampere

— 2 nights

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 19th (Sun): stop by Hameenkatu, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tampere day trip website.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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."