12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
6
Syote
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

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 1st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 3rd (Thu), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari vacation planner.

You can drive from Turku to Mustasaari in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. January in Mustasaari sees daily highs of -4°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Fri), stroll through Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kuusamo online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Kuusamo. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, expect Kuusamo to be a bit cooler, temps between -10°C and -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Syote

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Syote National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Syote road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Syote takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Syote are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 7th (Mon): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Syote to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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."