12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Do your shopping at Old Market Hall and Artisaani. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning website .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in January, with highs in Helsinki at 26°F and lows at 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku road trip app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. January in Turku sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Spas 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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nights
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and finally stop by Keittioelamaa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning site .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Spas & Wellness

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day
Inari

Inari ©
On the 9th (Wed), get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 15°F and lows about 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Tours Museums
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

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): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 12th (Sat), see Santa Claus Office, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then stop by LAURI, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

Make your Rovaniemi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
LAURI ©
LAURI

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