12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Inari
— 1 night
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Porvoo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

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 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then take an exotic tour of Feelapland. Keep things going the next day: see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

Before you visit Rovaniemi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Singapore, Singapore to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 15th (Sun), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -17°C in Saariselka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inari sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Riimikko, get a taste of the local shopping with Nasin Kartanon Galleria, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porvoo online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Porvoo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in December; daily highs in Porvoo reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Helsinki

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.
Shop till you drop at Kamppi Shopping Centre and Market Square Kauppatori. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, stop by Artisaani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online tour planner.

You can drive from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

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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."