12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Aalto House and Hietaniemi Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Pyhan Laurin kirkko. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Söderskärin majakka about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Henry.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Tampere

— 1 night

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 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko and then examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and then get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°F and 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Seven Fells Up and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Konijanka Petting Zoo and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 14°F, while at night they dip to -2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Marttiini Store Old Factory and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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."