12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 day
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 day
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online vacation planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Kotka is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Kotka is minus 5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from George Town in December: high temperatures in Kotka hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tampere attractions planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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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 23rd (Sun): get great views at Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip app.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Inari to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Inari, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.