12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Ulaanbaatar

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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip app.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ahvenisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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.
On the 28th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi vacation maker .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ranua Zoo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning tool .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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