12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Rock Church and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
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 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tampere tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
nights
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 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku visit planning app .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka vacation maker .

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Turku in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kotka, with highs around -6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Hamina Old Town, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

Similar Plans

15 days in Finland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Finland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Finland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Finland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Finland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 13 days in Finland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Finland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Finland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Finland BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Finland BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Finland BY A USER FROM KUWAIT May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Finland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans