12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Head to Kamppi Shopping Centre and Market Square Kauppatorifor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planning site.

Chennai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Helsinki, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, play a few rounds at Tornio Golf, then get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tornion vesitorni, then explore the activities along Kukkolankoski, and then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Kemi reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some historical perspective at Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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."

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.