12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip 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.
On the 29th (Wed), revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and then explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Katajanokka, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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 4th (Tue), meet the residents at Ranua Zoo and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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 7th (Fri): stop by Hameenkatu, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere journey maker app.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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."