12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 1 day
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get some historical perspective at Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Artisaani, 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 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 · Parks
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 (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 fly; or take a train. 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 · Spas · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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 (Mon): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then get a taste of the local shopping with Haihara Art Centre, and finally shop like a local with Laukko Manor. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip app.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Inari

— 1 day
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): get your bearings at 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 5.5 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 drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Levi

— 2 nights
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, get your game on 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 drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; 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 · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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 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

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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."