12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Turku
— 1 night
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 1 day
5
Levi
— 2 nights
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip website.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 26°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
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 (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and then stop by Keittioelamaa.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Inari at 15°F and lows at 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
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 10th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi journey tool.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see Santa Claus Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 6°F in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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